Friends Book Club

Join Friends September 13 for Book Club

September 13, 2019 10:00 am

Mia Library

Ticket Price: Free

Join your Friends who love books every month at the Friends Book Club and check out this season’s preview!

Friends members who love books are encouraged to come to a gathering of the Friends Book Club this year.  These intriguing book discussions are held September through April (except December) on the third Friday of the month and follow selections for Mia’s Inspired by Books monthly tours in the Mia Library. The program is a free benefit for Friends members. Reservations are recommended.

The first Friends Book Club meeting on Friday, September 13 at 10AM for Fall 2019 will focus on an exquisitely written book, An Odyssey, by Daniel Mendelsohn.  A one-hour book discussion led by docent Elizabeth Winga will be followed by a one-hour book-related tour of the galleries, custom-designed by one of Mia’s docents. Beverages will be provided courtesy of the Friends. 

Hearing the title An Odyssey no doubt conjures up school day memories of the Greek poet Homer. Reviewers have assured us that rereading the classic is not required to enjoy this memoir.  The focus is, instead, on a father and son relationship that highlights  experiences when the father decides to audit his professor son’s college course at Bard College. 

The Los Angeles Review of Books describes Mendelsohn’s book as “heartfelt, touching…a dazzling rich story of identity and recognition from an exacting critic and award-winning memoirist…”  As one might suspect, the author’s narrative comes to echo Homer’s epic poem, The Odyssey.

To make a reservation please call the Friends office at 612.870.3045 or send an email to friends@artsmia.org.  Space is limited to twenty Friends only, so reserve your spot today!

Mark your calendar for 2019 selections/dates that include: 

Friday, October 18 at 10AM
Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward is a journey through Mississippi’s past and present revealing an epic tale of hope and struggle that examines the ugly truths at the heart of this American story.  

Friday, November 15 at 10AM
The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen connects to a special exhibition in the galleries as well as current issues of immigration.  

No meeting in December

2020 book selections will be announced at a later date.

For more information about this Friends Only Event please contact Elizabeth Winga, friendsonlyevents@artsmia.org.  Friends Book Club is one more reason for joining and supporting the Friends of Mia!

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April Friends Book Club: “Population: 485, Meeting Your Neighbors One Siren at a Time”

April 18, 2019 10:00 am

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Mia Library

Ticket Price: Free

Join other Friends to discuss Michael Perry’s memoir “Population: 485, Meeting Your Neighbors One Siren at a Time”.

After a moderator-led discussion, we will have the enriching experience of a small group tour led by docents, connecting Mia works of art to Michael Perry’s memoir.

Writer and humorist Michael Perry returns to his rural Wisconsin town of New Auburn after being away for twelve years.  To reconnect with his past and get back into the fabric of the town, Perry joins the volunteer fire and rescue department.  Perry’s essays are structured around his EMT calls which range from a collision at the local laundromat to heart attacks, fires, and suicides.

According to Publishers Weekly, “Perry’s mosaic of small-town life also paints charming portraits of the town’s memorable characters, such as the One-Eyed Beagle, another firefighter.  Perry’s insights into the small-town mentality come from apparent contemplation, and he writes about them with good humor,…”.

There are spaces for 20 Friends.  Please call the Friends office at 612.870.3045 to make your reservation.

Please contact Jeanne Scheiderer, jeannescheiderer@hotmail.com with any questions.

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March Friends Only Book Club

March 15, 2019 10:00 am

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Mia Research & Reference Library

Ticket Price: Free

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane is the March book.

Join us to discuss Lisa See’s novel The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane

A docent-led tour centered around works of art relating to the novel will follow the moderator-led discussion of the book.

In Lisa See’s moving coming-of-age novel, a young Chinese woman from the Akha ethnic minority finds her way to a productive life through the tea-cultivating traditions of her forebears.  A story of family, identity, and motherhood, this novel is a fascinating voyage through a little-known culture.

According to author Helen Simonson in a Washington Post review, “Just as properly aged tea from ancient trees has both flavor and a ‘returning taste’, so this story balances moving on with returning home.  Both Li-yuan and Haley must ultimately reconcile where they come from with who they are now, and they must compromise with the flaws of family and tradition if they wish to reclaim their roots.  A lush tale infused with clear-eyed compassion, this novel will inspire reflection, discussion and an overwhelming desire to drink rare Chinese tea.”

There are 20 spots available for this conversation and tour. Please contact the Friends Office at 612.870.3045 or friends@artsmia.org to make your reservation.

Also mark Friday, April 19 on your calendar for a moderator-led discussion and docent tour related to Population: 485, Meeting Your Neighbors One Siren at a Time by Michael Perry.

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February Friends Only Book Club

February 15, 2019 10:00 am

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Mia Research & Reference Library

Ticket Price: Free

Trevor Noah’s memoir “Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood” is the February book.

Join us to discuss Trevor Noah’s memoir, Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood. A docent-led tour will follow the moderator-led discussion of the book.

Trevor Noah’s memoir chronicles his unlikely path from the waning days of apartheid South Africa to hosting “The Daily Show,”  beginning with the controversial act of his birth. Trevor’s mother was a member of the black Xhosa tribe, and his white father was of Swiss-German heritage.  At the time of Trevor’s birth, the union of his mother and father was punishable by five years in prison, and Trevor was visible evidence of their crime.

According to Michiko Kakutani of the New York Times, “By turns alarming, sad and funny, this book provides a harrowing look, through the prism of Mr. Noah’s family, at life in South Africa under apartheid and the country’s lurching entry into a post apartheid era in the 1990’s.  Some stories will be familiar to fans who have followed the author’s stand-up act. But his accounts here are less the polished anecdotes of a comedian underscoring the absurdities of life under apartheid, than raw, deeply personal reminiscences about being half-white, half-black in a country where his birth violated any number of laws, statutes and regulations.”

There are 20 spots available for this conversation and tour. Please contact the Friends office at 612.870.3045 or friends@artsmia.org to make your reservation.

Additionally, mark Friday, March 15, on your calendar for a moderator-led discussion and docent tour related to The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See.

Please contact Jeanne Scheiderer, jeannescheiderer@hotmail.com, with any questions.  

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Friends Only Book Club Meets January 11

January 11, 2019 10:00 am

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Mia Library

Ticket Price: Free

Golden, A. (1999), Memoirs of a Geisha, Vintage Contemporaries, New York.

Memoirs of a Geisha is the January Book Club selection!

Join your Friends on Friday, January 11 at 10AM in the Mia Art Research & Reference Library, first-floor Target Wing, to discuss Arthur Golden’s historical fiction novel Memoirs of a Geisha.

After our moderator-led discussion, we will have the pleasure of a docent-led tour related to the novel.

Sarah Midori Zimmerman writer-editor for New York magazine said, “Arthur Golden’s brilliant debut novel, Memoirs of a Geisha, is a reminder of just how silly the exhortation ‘write what you know!’ can be.  Clearly Golden, a 40-something American male, has never lived anything remotely similar to the experiences of a geisha coming of age in the 1930’s, the glory days of Kyoto’s Gion pleasure district.  Yet it is precisely this vanished world that he recreates with subtlety, sensuality, and supreme authority, bringing to life characters so complete and idiosyncratic—so fully sprung from the eras he has evoked—that his novel ultimately overwhelms us, as seductive and beguiling as the geisha of its title…”.

There are only 20 spots available for this event. Please make your reservation by calling the Friends office at 612.870.3045.

Also mark Friday, February 15 on your calendar for a moderator-led discussion and docented tour focusing on Born A Crime:  Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah.

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November Friends Only Book Club

November 16, 2018 10:00 am

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Mia Art Research & Reference Library

Ticket Price: Free to Friends Members

Join the Friends Only Book Club to discuss  Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson.

November Friends Book Club selection.

Join us on Friday, November 16 at 10 AM in the Mia Art Research & Reference Library, first floor Target Wing, to discuss Erik Larson’s masterful novel Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania.

After our moderator-led book discussion, we will take a docent tour related to the novel.

A New York Times book review called Erik Larson one of the modern masters of popular narrative nonfiction.  He is both a resourceful reporter and a subtle stylist. The mighty ocean liner Lusitania was the paragon of civilization; big and fast, strong and sleek, tricked out with every kind of innovation, it was a White City on the high seas.  And hunting it was an ever sly and furtive machine of the deep, a nautical sociopath with an unquenchable thirst for bringing down tonnage. When it comes to the story of the sociopath, the Larson magic is very much on display in Dead Wake.

Please reserve your spot by calling the Friends Office at 612.870.3045. There are only 20 spots available for this event.

Mia Book Club does not meet in December.  Mark your calendar for Friday, January 11 for the first Mia Book Club meeting of 2019!

Please contact Jeanne Scheiderer, jeannescheiderer@hotmail.com with any questions.  

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Friends-Only Book Club Reads Nnedi Okorafor’s Lagoon

Please reserve early for this Friends-Only book club to be held in the Mia Library

What happens when a giant fist-shaped wave emerges out of the ocean off Lagos and swallows people up?  What complications ensue when the wave has been generated by aliens?

Answer these and other questions with other literary-minded Friends on Friday, October 12 at 10:30 AM at the Mia information desk. This fascinating docent tour will be followed by a wide-ranging discussion of Nnedi Okorafor’s imaginative novel Lagoon.

Okorafor employs multiple perspectives and the genre of science fiction to ensnare her reader.  A rapper, a fleeing soldier, and a marine biologist are among the human characters whose lives are profoundly affected by their encounter with an enigmatic alien ambassador.

As Amal El-Mohtar said in an NPR book review, “In structure it feels part oral tradition, part theater, part screenplay, part memoir; in content it bubbles over with characters from different species, ethnicities, classes, genders, sexualities, religions.  If ever a book set out to mirror the vibrant, brimming city for which it was almost titled, Lagoon has certainly done it….”

The Friends group will go on a docent-guided tour departing from the Mia  information desk (opposite The Store at Mia and Agra Culture Cafe) at 10:30 AM, followed by a moderator-led discussion in the Mia Art Research & Reference Library.  The library is a beautiful space and truly a wonderful place to have a meeting, however no treats or beverages are allowed.

There are spaces for 20 Friends.  Please call the Friends office at 612.870.3045 to make your reservation.

Additionally, mark Friday, November 16 on your calendar for a docent tour and moderator-led discussion of Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson.

Please contact Jeanne Scheiderer, jeannescheiderer@hotmail.com, with any questions.