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Great characters are the focus of the January friends only book club

January 17, 2020 10:00 am

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Art Research and Reference Library 

Ticket Price: Free

Louise Penny’s A Great Reckoning: A Novel is the first book of the new year!

The new year for Mia’s Book Club begins with a crime mystery written by popular Canadian novelist Louise Penny.  A Great Reckoning: A Novel is Penny’s 12th in this superb series featuring Quebec Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, and set in the fictional village of Three Pines. 

The many awards that Penny has received for this series are a testament to how highly-regarded she has become.  From the Library Journal, “Riveting…with characters of incredible depth who only add to the strength of the plot.”  And from the New York Times Book Review, “Artful… powerful… magical.”

Friends members interested in a discussion on these intriguing characters, who are neither all good or all evil, are invited to join us.  Please call or email a reservation prior to the Friday meeting, friends@artsmia.org or 612.870.3045.  Members meet in the Art Research and Reference Library located by the Target Wing Atrium.  Beverages will be provided courtesy of the Friends.

This month’s discussion will be led by regular Book Club member Corrine Zwickey, who will bring the experience of her years as a literature educator to the discussion.  Mia’s docents will guide members on gallery tours following the book discussion.

For further information about this Friends Only event please contact elizabethwinga@gmail.com.  We hope that you will join us!   

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March Friends Only Book Club

March 15, 2019 10:00 am

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Mia Research & Reference Library

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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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