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.

Stealing Mona Lisa

By Carson Morton

Part I: Art Lecture • October 4  • 1:30p 

Part II: Book Discussion • October 18  • 1:30p

Isabel Hall

Free to the public.

The charming Eduardo de Valfierno makes a very respectable living in Argentina fleecing the nouveau riche­—they pay him to steal valuable pieces of art, and Valfierno sells them flawless forgeries instead. But when Eduardo meets the beautiful Mrs. Hart on his latest con job, he takes a risk that forces him back to the city he loved and left behind: Paris. There, he assembles his team of con artists for their final and most ambitious theft, one that will enable them to leave the game forever: the Mona Lisa.

When a member of the team turns up missing and Mr. Hart arrives in Paris, Valfierno and his crew must stay one step ahead of a relentless police inspector, endure a devastating flood, and conquer their own doubts to keep the priceless painting in play—and survive.

Based on the actual theft of the Mona Lisa from the Louvre in 1911, Stealing Mona Lisa is a sophisticated, engaging caper, complete with a richly imagined group of con artists and an historical mystery that will keep you guessing until the very end.

SoHo Sins: There’s A Fine Art to Murder

By Richard Vine

Part I: Art History Presentation • November 15 1:30p

Part II: Book Discussion • November 29 • 1:30p

Isabel Hall

Free to the public.

They were the New York art scene’s golden couple until Amanda Oliver was found murdered, and her husband, Philip, confessed to shooting her. But, was he a continent away when she died? Art dealer Jackson Wyeth sets out to learn the truth, and uncovers the secrets of Manhattan’s galleries and wild parties, a world of beautiful girls growing up too fast and men losing their minds. But even the worst the art world can imagine will seem tame when the final sin is revealed…

This stunning debut novel from an editor of one of the world’s leading fine art publications offers an insider’s tour of the New York and international art worlds, and a searing, unforgettable visit to the darkest chambers of the human heart.