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Join fellow art and book lovers at our next Art Book Club discussion! Book selections will focus on making connections with special exhibitions and works of art in the museum’s collection.  Club activities include an early evening book discussion along with guest speakers and gallery tours.  Book selections (*scroll down for past selections) and meeting dates are announced here, can be found in TMA’s event calendar, or please contact the library to be added to our Book Club mailing list.

Limited copies of books are available for museum members to borrow from the TMA Library.

*The Art Book Club is FREE but space is limited and registration is requested. You must register individually for each event. Contact the library at 419-254-5770 or to register.

Upcoming Selections



Stoned: Jewelry, Obsession and How Desire Shapes the World by Aja Raden

Book Discussion: Tuesday, Jan. 16: 5:30 | Art Library

Docent Tour of Glorious Splendor: Thursday, Jan. 18: 5:30 |Meet in Libbey Court

Studded with lively personalities and fascinating details, Stoned tells the remarkable story of our abiding desire for the rare and extraordinary.



Art & Artists: Poems, edited by Emily Fragos

Book Discussion: Tuesday, March 13: 5:30 | Art Library

Docent Tour: Thursday, March 15: 5:30 | Meet in Libbey Court

Join us for a discussion of sumptuous collection of visions in verse and an accompanying tour where you will try your hand at ekphrastic writing, creating your own vivid description of a work of art in verse.



Egyptomania: Our Three Thousand Year Obsession with the Land of the Pharaohs by Bob Brier

Book Discussion: Tuesday, April 24: 5:30 pm | Art Library

Docent Tour of The Mummies: From Egypt to Toledo: Thursday, April 26: 5:30 pm | Meet in Libbey Court

Join us as we discuss the world’s fascination with Egypt.

Previous Art Book Club Selections:

November, 2017 Broad Strokes: 15 Women Who Made Art and Made History (in that Order)

September, 2017 Creation by Gore Vidal

July, 2017 Playing to the Gallery by Grayson Perry

May, 2017 Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs by Sally Mann

March, 2017 Rendez-vous with Art by Philippe de Montebello and Martin Gayford

January, 2017 Stories of Art and Artists edited by Diana Secker Tesdell

November, 2016 The Forger’s Spell: a True Story of Vermeer, Nazis, and the Greatest Art Hoax of the Century by Edward Dolnick

September, 2016 A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare: 1599 by James Shapiro

July, 2016 The Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman

May, 2016 The Book of Air and Shadows by Michael Gruber

March, 2016 Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis by Timothy Egan

January, 2016 The Lost Carving: A Journey to the Heart of Making by David Esterly

November, 2015 The Painted Girls by Cathy Marie Buchanan

September, 2015 Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China by Jung Chang

July, 2015 Frida: A Biography of Frida Kahlo by Hayden Herrera

May, 2015 On Looking: The Walker’s Guide to the Art of Observation by Alexandra Horowitz

March, 2015 Strapless: John Singer Sargent and the Fall of Madame X by Deborah Davis

January, 2015 Eight Girls Taking Pictures by Whitney Otto

November, 2014 The Lost Diaries of Frans Hals by Michael Kernan

September, 2014 Regeneration by Pat Barker

July, 2014 Lust for Life by Irving Stone

April, 2014 The Most Beautiful Walk in the World, by John Baxter  Selected Readings

February, 2014 The Fountain of St. James Court; or, Portrait of the Artist as an Old Woman: A Novel by Sena Jeter Naslund      Selected Readings

November, 2013 The Printmaker’s Daughter by Katherine Govier

October, 2013 Monuments Men by Robert Edsel

September, 2013 Persuasion by Jane Austen

July, 2013 Museum Legs by Amy Whitaker

May, 2013 The Songlines by Bruce Chatwin

February, 2013 The Hundred Foot Journey by Richard Morais

November, 2012 The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

September, 2012 The Masterpiece by Emile Zola

July, 2012 Color: A Natural History of the Palette Victoria Finlay     Resources on color in the TMA Reference Library

May, 2012 Object of Beauty by Steve Martin     Discussion guide and selected readings

February, 2012 The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris by David McCullough

November, 2011 Beneath the Marble Sky by John Shors

August, 2011, Ransom by David Malouf

May 2011, The Lost Painting: the Quest for a Caravaggio Masterpeice, by Jonathan Harr

The Lost Painting self-tour guide.