Book Club @ the MFA

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Keep St. Pete Lit Book Club has a home at the Museum of Fine Arts in downtown St. Petersburg! Joining forces with the MFA, our book club connects the visual arts with the literary arts. Each month’s featured book ties in with a work in the museum’s collection or a special exhibition.

ALL are welcome to these exciting, engaging and slightly different takes on the usual book club discussions.

Free with museum admission ($5 after 5pm on Thursdays and free all year round for museum members). Email keepstpetelit@gmail.com for more information, or feel free to read the book and just come along!

Lincoln in the Bardo

November

November 9, 2017 @ 6:30 p.m.
Museum of Fine Arts
Downtown St. Petersburg

This month: At the heart of Edmund de Waal’s strange and graceful family memoir, The Hare with Amber Eyes, is a one-of-a-kind inherited collection of ornamental Japanese carvings known as netsuke. The netsuke are tiny and tactile–they sit in the palm of your hand–and de Waal is drawn to them as “small, tough explosions of exactitude.”

Lincoln in the Bardo

October

October 12, 2017 @ 6:30 p.m.
Museum of Fine Arts
Downtown St. Petersburg

This month: Lincoln in the Bardo is hilariously funny, horribly sad, and utterly surprising. If you can fight past an initial uncertainty about the identity of its narrators, you may find that it’s the best thing you’ve read in years.

Claude and Camille

September

September 14, 2017 @ 6:30 p.m.
Museum of Fine Arts
Downtown St. Petersburg

This month: A vividly-rendered portrait of both the rise of Impressionism and of the artist at the center of the movement, Claude and Camille is above all a love story of the highest romantic order.

Sunshine State - Sarah Gerard

August

August 10, 2017 @ 6:30 p.m.
Museum of Fine Arts
Downtown St. Petersburg

This month: Sarah Gerard follows her breakout novel, Binary Star, with the dynamic essay collection Sunshine State, which explores Florida as a microcosm of the most pressing economic and environmental perils haunting our society.

Dominic Smith

July

July 13, 2017 @ 6:30 p.m.
Museum of Fine Arts
Downtown St. Petersburg

This month: Across three continents and four hundred years, Dominic Smith has spun a stunning tale of forgeries and deaths, deception and love to reveal the lasting legacy of a fateful brush stroke in her book The Last Painting of Sarah De Vos.

A good man is hard to find

June

June 8, 2017 @ 6:30 p.m.
Museum of Fine Arts
Downtown St. Petersburg

This month: A collection of all the short stories, novels, essays, and selected letters of one of the most unique and important writers in the Southern tradition. This collection established O’Connor’s reputation as one of the American masters of the short story.

Open Wide the Freedom Gates

May

May 11, 2017 @ 6:30 p.m.
Museum of Fine Arts
Downtown St. Petersburg

This month: In her memoir, Open Wide the Freedom Gates, Dr. Dorothy Height, now ninety-one, reflects on a life of service and leadership.

Jack Kerouac - On The Road

March

March 9, 2017 @ 6:30 p.m.
Museum of Fine Arts
Downtown St. Petersburg

This month: Jack Kerouac’s autobiographical novel On the Road captures the Beat generation like no other and quickly became an American classic. Modern Library ranked it 55th on a list of the 100 best English-language novels of the twentieth century.

Bette Davis Club

February

February 9, 2017 @ 6:30 p.m.
Museum of Fine Arts
Downtown St. Petersburg

This month: The American road trip has inspired writers, as well as photographers. Jane Lotter’s The Bette Davis Club follows the laugh-out-loud adventures of 50s-something Margo in her cross-country search for her runaway bride niece.

The Family Fang by Kevin Wilson

January

January 12, 2017 @ 6:30 p.m.
Museum of Fine Arts
Downtown St. Petersburg

The Family Fang: A Novel by Kevin Wilson portrays a quirky dysfunctional family that blurs the lines between performance art and family relationships.

The Long Exile

December

December 8, 2016 @ 6:30 p.m.
Museum of Fine Arts
Downtown St. Petersburg

We will be discussing Melanie McGrath’s The Long Exile: A Tale of Inuit Betrayal and Survival in the High ArcticIt will add another layer of understanding to the exhibit The Far North: Inuit Prints and Sculpture.

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

November

November 10, 2016 @ 6:30 p.m.
Museum of Fine Arts
Downtown St. Petersburg

This month: The Pulitzer Prize-winning The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz draws us closer to the themes in Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art. Diaz teaches writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is a past recipient of the MacArthur “Genius Grant.”

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

October

October 13, 2016 @ 6:30 p.m.
Museum of Fine Arts
Downtown St. Petersburg

This month: Yaa Gayasi’s Homegoing the unforgettable New York Times best seller begins with the story of two half-sisters, separated by forces beyond their control: one sold into slavery, the other married to a Bristish slaver.

Priceless by Robert K. Wittman

September

September 9, 2016 @ 6:30 p.m.
Museum of Fine Arts
Downtown St. Petersburg

This month: Robert K. Wittman’s  Priceless: How I Went Undercover to Rescue the World’s Stolen Treasures, a riveting account of his quest to protect some of the world’s greatest art and artifacts.

Orlando by Virginia Woolf

August

August 11, 2016 @ 6:30 p.m.
Museum of Fine Arts
Downtown St. Petersburg

This month: August’s book of the month is Orlando by Virginia Woolf. From the MFA website: “Orlando begins the novel as an Elizabethan era nobleman and awakes three centuries later as a modern woman in the 1920s. As you follow the journey of this fanciful character, compare works in the collection with the descriptions of society and gender roles in the novel.”

Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy

July

July 14, 2016 @ 6:30 p.m.
Museum of Fine Arts
Downtown St. Petersburg

This month: July’s book of the month is The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams.

Where'd you go, Bernadette

June

June 9, 2016 @ 6:30 p.m.
Museum of Fine Arts
Downtown St. Petersburg

This month: June’s book of the month is Where’d You Go, Bernadette: A Novel by Maria Semple.

An Episode in the Life of a Landscape Painter

May

May 12, 2016 @ 6:30 p.m.
Museum of Fine Arts
Downtown St. Petersburg

This month: May’s book of the month is An Episode in the Life of a Landscape Painter by Cesar Aira.

Django by Michael Dregni

April

April 14, 2016 @ 6:30 p.m.
Museum of Fine Arts
Downtown St. Petersburg

This month: In conjunction with the museum’s exhibit The Art of the Classical Guitar, we’re reading Django: The Life and Music of a Gypsy Legend by Michael Dregni.

Running With Scissors

March

March 10, 2016 @ 6:30 p.m.
Museum of Fine Arts
Downtown St. Petersburg

This month: The portraits in Contemplating Character will inspire you to meet the quirky and influential people in Running with Scissors by Augusten Burroughs.

Kitchens of the Great Midwest

February

February 11, 2016 @ 6:30
Museum of Fine Arts
Downtown St. Petersburg

This month: J. Ryan Stadal’s Kitchens of the Great Midwest is an ideal choice to complement the images of food in the MFA’s collection and the publication of Food + Art, The Stuart Society’s cookbook.

Read more here…

A Field Guide to Getting Lost

January

January 14, 2016 @ 6:30
Museum of Fine Arts
Downtown St. Petersburg

This month: Rebecca Solnit’s A Field Guide to Getting Lost will offer an introduction to this gifted writer, who will engage in a discussion with artist Carrie Schneider at 3 p.m. Sunday, January 17, at the MFA.