Book Club Selections

Book Club: The Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner

February 2018

Join us in the Martha Stecher Reed Library for a lively discussion of Rachel Kushner’s award winning novel The Flamethrowers. Followed by a staff-led tour of Heavy Metal.

Book Club: The Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner

February 2018

Grab a beer, cup of coffee or glass of wine in the café and join museum staffers in the Martha Stecher Reed Library for a lively discussion of Rachel Kushner’s award winning novel The Flamethrowers and a staff led tour of the exhibition Heavy Metal.

The year is 1975 and Reno has come to New York intent on turning her fascination with motorcycles and speed into art. Her arrival coincides with an explosion of activity in the art world—artists have colonized a deserted and industrial SoHo, are staging actions in the East Village, and are blurring the line between life and art. Reno begins an affair with the son of a motorcycle magnate. Her relationship takes her to Italy where she falls in with a radical political group.

Book Club is made possible with support from the Bemis Company Foundation. 

Book Club The Lady In Gold by Anne-Marie O'Connor

October 2017

Join the museum’s book club for a discussion of Lady in Gold: The Extraordinary Tale of Gustav Klimt’s Masterpiece, Portrait of Adele Block-Bauer.

Book Club The Lady In Gold by Anne-Marie O'Connor

October 2017

Free and open to all! • The book is available for purchase in the Museum Shop for $17.95

Join the museum’s book club for a discussion of Lady in Gold: The Extraordinary Tale of Gustav Klimt’s Masterpiece, Portrait of Adele Block-Bauer, a book that brilliantly tells the galvanizing story of Gustav Klimt’s 1907 masterpiece—the breathtaking portrait of a Viennese Jewish socialite, Adele Bloch-Bauer. The
celebrated painting, stolen by Nazis during World War II, subsequently became the subject of a decade-long dispute between her heirs and the Austrian government.

When the U.S. Supreme Court became involved in the case, its decision had profound ramifications in the art world. Expertly researched, masterfully told, The Lady in Gold is at once a stunning depiction of fin-de siècle Vienna, a riveting tale of Nazi war crimes, and a fascinating glimpse into the high-stakes
workings of the contemporary art world.

The discussion will conclude with a tour of Alchemy: Transformations in Gold. 

Book Club The Trip: Andy Warhol's Plastic Fantastic Cross-Country Adventure by Deborah Davis

June 2017

Book Club The Trip: Andy Warhol's Plastic Fantastic Cross-Country Adventure by Deborah Davis

June 2017

Join the museum’s book club for a discussion of The Trip: Andy Warhol’s Plastic Fantastic Cross-Country Adventure by Deborah Davis. The book chronicles a little-known road trip Andy Warhol took from New York to LA in 1963, and how that journey—and the numerous artists and celebrities he encountered—profoundly influenced his life and art.

In 1963, up-and-coming artist Andy Warhol took a road trip across America. What began as a madcap, drug-fueled romp became a journey that took Warhol on a kaleidoscopic adventure from New York City, across the vast American heartland, all the way to Hollywood and back.

With locations ranging from a Texas panhandle truck stop to a Beverly Hills mansion, from the beaches of Santa Monica to a Photomat booth in Albuquerque, The Trip captures Warhol’s interactions with Dennis Hopper, Peter Fonda, Marcel Duchamp, Elizabeth Taylor, Elvis Presley, and Frank Sinatra. Along the way he also met rednecks, beach bums, underground filmmakers, artists, poets, socialites, and newly minted hippies, and they each left an indelible mark on his psyche.

The discussion will conclude with a tour of Serial Intent. 

Free and open to all. Copies of The Trip are available for purchase in the Museum Shop. 

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Museum Art Book Sale

April 2017

Our art book sale is an excellent opportunity to build up your personal art library while supporting the museum at the same time!

Museum Art Book Sale

April 2017

Open to All 
Friday and Saturday, April 14 - 15 • 11 am – 5 pm

Book worms and bibliophiles, mark your calendars. Books will include numerous brand new exhibition catalogues, duplicates and other art related texts from all areas of art and art history. Collectible books, including some signed by their authors, will also be available. This is an excellent opportunity to build up your personal art library while supporting the museum at the same time.

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If your bookshelves are already packed, you’ll need to make room. Before the sale, the museum will accept donations of art books. Please no fiction, cookbooks, or other genres. Contact Stefanie Hilles, the museum’s Library and Archives Manager, at sHilles@AkronArtMuseum.org or 330.376.9186 x221 to arrange a donation. 

Museum Art Book Sale

April 2017

Our art book sale is an excellent opportunity to build up your personal art library while supporting the museum at the same time! 

Museum Art Book Sale

April 2017

Open to All 
Friday and Saturday, April 14 - 15 • 11 am – 5 pm

Book worms and bibliophiles, mark your calendars. Books will include numerous brand new exhibition catalogues, duplicates and other art related texts from all areas of art and art history. Collectible books, including some signed by their authors, will also be available. This is an excellent opportunity to build up your personal art library while supporting the museum at the same time.

Share the Art Book Sale on Facebook

If your bookshelves are already packed, you’ll need to make room. Before the sale, the museum will accept donations of art books. Please no fiction, cookbooks, or other genres. Contact Stefanie Hilles, the museum’s Library and Archives Manager, at sHilles@AkronArtMuseum.org or 330.376.9186 x221 to arrange a donation. 

Museum Art Book Sale: Exclusive for Members

April 2017

Our art book sale is an excellent opportunity to build up your personal art library while supporting the museum at the same time! 

Museum Art Book Sale: Exclusive for Members

April 2017

MEMBERS ONLY SALE: Thursday, April 13 • 5:30 – 8:30 pm

Open to the Public on Friday and Saturday, April 14 - 15 • 11 am – 5 pm

Book worms and bibliophiles, mark your calendars. Books will include numerous brand new exhibition catalogues, duplicates and other art related texts from all areas of art and art history. Collectible books, including some signed by their authors, will also be available. This is an excellent opportunity to build up your personal art library while supporting the museum at the same time.

Share the Art Book Sale on Facebook

If your bookshelves are already packed, you’ll need to make room. Before the sale, the museum will accept donations of art books. Please no fiction, cookbooks, or other genres. Contact Stefanie Hilles, the museum’s Library and Archives Manager, at sHilles@AkronArtMuseum.org or 330.376.9186 x221 to arrange a donation. 

Book Club: Hard-Boiled Wonderland at the End of the World by Haruki Murakami

March 2017

Join the museum’s book club for a discussion of Hard-Boiled Wonderland at the End of the World by Haruki Murakami. 

Book Club: Hard-Boiled Wonderland at the End of the World by Haruki Murakami

March 2017

FREE

Join the museum’s book club for a discussion of Hard-Boiled Wonderland at the End of the World by Haruki Murakami (books available for purchase in the Museum Shop). Alternating between two parallel yet related narratives, this genre bending, surreal novel takes place in futuristic Tokyo. The odd numbered chapters tell the story of a human data processor working for a scientist experimenting with sound removal, while the even numbered chapters detail an unnamed narrator’s adventures as he learns to read dreams by studying unicorn skulls with the help of a librarian with an insatiable appetite. The discussion will conclude with a tour of Turn the Page: The First Ten Years of Hi-Fructose. 

Book Club: The Sculptor by Scott McCloud

November 2016

Join the museum’s book club for a discussion of the New York Times best-selling graphic novel, The Sculptor, by Scott McCloud. 

Book Club: The Sculptor by Scott McCloud

November 2016

Join the museum’s book club for a discussion of the New York Times best-selling graphic novel, The Sculptor, by Scott McCloud. David Smith, a down-on-his-luck artist, makes a deal with Death. For 200 days, David will be able to sculpt any material he desires with only his bare hands.The catch? At the end of 200 days, David will die. At first, David is delighted; however, over the course of his remaining days, David struggles to find his artistic vision. Will he sculpt anything meaningful and cement his artistic legacy before his time is up? The discussion will conclude with a tour of Intersections. FREE. 

Book Club: A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

June 2016

Join the book club for a discussion of A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, the National Book Critics Circle Award and a Penn/Faulkner Award Finalist. 

Book Club: A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

June 2016

Free, but registration is requested. Use the button below to register online.

Join the Reading Under the Roof Cloud book club for a discussion of A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, the National Book Critics Circle Award and a Penn/Faulkner Award Finalist.

Aging punk-rocker and record executive Bennie stars along with his troubled young assistant, a kleptomaniac named Sasha. Nonlinear chapters shift between the past, present and future, introducing a host of supporting characters and revealing how time, often interpreted as the goon in the title, changes us all. The discussion will conclude with a tour of Mark Mothersbaugh: Myopia. 

Copies of A Visit from the Goon Squad will be available for purchase in the Museum Shop.

Book Club: Delicious! by Ruth Reichl

March 2016

Join the Reading Under the Roof Cloud book club for a mouthwatering read—legendary food writer Ruth Reichl’s first foray into fiction, Delicious!  

Book Club: Delicious! by Ruth Reichl

March 2016

Join the Reading Under the Roof Cloud book club for a mouthwatering read—legendary food writer Ruth Reichl’s first foray into fiction, Delicious! The former Gourmet magazine editor’s book takes readers into the world of character Billie Breslin, who abandons college to work as assistant to the editor of Delicious! Magazine. When Delicious! is unceremoniously folded by its parent publisher, Billie is the sole employee kept on to honor the magazine’s guarantee: “Your money back if the recipe doesn’t work.” Between phone calls from wacky subscribers, alone in the yawning old mansion headquarters, Billie discovers a hidden room and a cache of quirkily cataloged letters from a young girl to Delicious! writer James Beard during WWII. The discussion will conclude with a tour of the exhibition Snack.

Delicious! is available for purchase in the Museum Shop ($16).

FREE to attend, but registration is required. Register online using the link below, or call 330.376.9186.

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