August Book Club @ MFA presented by Keep St. Pete Lit

August 10, 2017 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Museum of Fine Arts
255 Beach Dr NE
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Free with museum admission ($5 after 5pm on Thursdays and free all year round for museum members)
Keep St. Pete Lit

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 for more information, or feel free to read the book and just come along!

Sunshine State – Sarah GerardJuly
August 10th, 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.

With the personal insight of The Empathy Exams, the societal exposal of Nickel and Dimed, and the stylistic innovation and intensity of her own break-out debut novel Binary Star, Sarah Gerard’s Sunshine State uses the intimately personal to unearth the deep reservoirs of humanity buried in the corners of our world often hardest to face.

*The author will be skyping into our book club meeting to talk about the book.

This book corresponds with the exhibit Skyway: A Contemporary Collaboration. This exhibition is not only a celebration of artistic practice in Tampa Bay but also an exercise in collaboration as it is shared between three institutions: the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota; the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg; and the Tampa Museum of Art. Working together, curators from these institutions will provide context for the diversity of art being made in Hillsborough, Manatee, Pinellas, and Sarasota Counties within the past year. After an open call for artwork, nearly 300 entries were culled down to 57 artists.

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