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The Akron Art Museum Introduces New Book Club

For Release: April 2009

Akron, Ohio, April 14, 2009 — "Black and White," a novel by Dani Shapiro, will be the focus of the museum’s first book club meeting this spring. The new club, led by associate educator Alison Caplan and librarian Ellie Ward and inspired by the museum’s docent tour guides’ informal offsite book club, is set to officially begin on May 7 at 6:30 pm in the museum’s Martha Stecher Reed Library.­ Filled with photography, art and other relevant materials, the Akron Art Museum is the perfect place to discuss the art of the written word.

Dani Shapiro’s fifth novel, "Black and White," offers a look into the emotional struggle of an artist and her family. “Is it possible to be as fully absorbed as one needs to be to produce good, strong art – and be equally fully absorbed in raising a small child?” is the question that Shapiro asked herself when writing this novel. The book revolves around protagonist Clara, the youngest daughter of Ruth Dunne, a Manhattan photographer who achieved fame by shooting Sally Mann like photos of Clara. Unable to deal with the embarrassment of being “the girl in those pictures,” Clara leaves home at the age of 18. Fourteen years later, she must return home with her husband and daughter to care for her sick mother and sort through the emotions that made her leave.

"Black and White" is currently for sale in the Museum Store. This program is free and will take place in the museum’s Martha Stecher Reed Library at 6:30 pm. Please call 330.376.9186 x230 to register.


Museum Information

Address: One South High, Akron, OH 44308
Tel: 330.376.9185
Fax: 330.376.1180
Website: www.AkronArtMuseum.org
Gallery and Store Hours: Wednesday – Sunday: 11 am – 5 pm, Thursday: 11 am – 9 pm, Closed Monday and Tuesday; Closed Memorial Day
Café Hours: Temporarily closed
Library Hours: Wednesday, Friday: 11 am – 4 pm, Thursday: By Appointment Only
Admission: Adult general admission is $7, Student and Senior (65+) general admission is $5, Children (12 and under) are FREE, members are FREE. On the first Sunday of every month, individual admissions to the collection are FREE. Special exhibitions may require paid admission. No tours available on these days.

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Dominic Caruso
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Phone: 330.376.9186 x229
Email:dcaruso@AkronArtMuseum.org

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