FIA book discussions focus on works of fiction and non-fiction related to art, art museums, or FIA collections. The first meeting for each book sets the stage by exploring artists and artwork related to the selected book. Two weeks later, the book is discussed. These free programs are offered on Wednesdays at 1:30p in Isabel Hall.

Still Life with Monkey

By Katharine Weber

Part 1: Art History Presentation

Mar 8 • 1:30p

Part 2: Book Discussion

Mar 22 • 1:30p

Isabel Hall 

Duncan and his wife, Laura, find themselves in conflict as Duncan's will to live falters. Laura grows desperate to help him. An art conservator who has her own relationship to the repair of broken things, Laura brings home a highly trained helper monkey--a tufted capuchin named Ottoline--to assist Duncan with basic tasks. Duncan and Laura fall for this sweet, comical, Nutella-gobbling little creature, and Duncan's life appears to become more tolerable, fuller, and funnier. Yet the question persists: Is it enough?

Books are available in the Museum Shop.

Discussion Questions PDF

The Personal Librarian

By Marie Benedict & Victoria Christopher Murray
Thursday Night

Part 1: Art History Presentation

March 9 • 6p

Part 2: Book Discussion

March 23 • 6p

Isabel Hall 

The Personal Librarian tells the story of an extraordinary woman, famous for her intellect, style, and wit, and shares the lengths to which she must go—for the protection of her family and her legacy—to preserve her carefully crafted white identity in the racist world in which she lives.

Books are available in the Museum Shop.

Discussion Questions PDF

The Street of a Thousand Blossoms

By Gail Tsukiyama

Part 1: Art History Presentation

May 24 • 1:30p

Part 2: Book Discussion

June 7 • 1:30p

Isabel Hall 

It is Tokyo in 1939. On the Street of a Thousand Blossoms, two orphaned brothers dream of a future firmly rooted in tradition. The older boy, Hiroshi, shows early signs of promise at the national obsession of sumo wrestling, while Kenji is fascinated by the art of Noh theater masks. But as the ripples of war spread to their quiet neighborhood, the brothers must put their dreams on hold―and forge their own paths in a new Japan.

Books are available in the Museum Shop.

Discussion Questions PDF