MFAH Online Book Club
The MFAH Book Club offers tours that link words of literature to art on view at the MFAH. Participating in the MFAH Book Club Tours is easy!
Read and discuss the book in your own book club, then book your group for a guided tour led by a gallery educator at a time of your choosing.
Reservations are requested; please e-mail the date you plan to come to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reading copies are available in the museum’s Hirsch Library, and books may be purchased at the MFAH Shop, where MFAH Members always receive a discount. Book Club tours for these two titles are offered through September 30, 2011. To learn more, sign up for the Book Club e-newsletter.
Upcoming Fall Book Selections:
This fall, the MFAH Book Club looks to ancient Egypt and the Middle East with two internationally minded selections: Cleopatra: A Life (2010), a biography by Stacy Schiff, and My Name is Red (1998), a novel by Orhan Pamuk. Both reveal innumerable connections to specific works of art in the MFAH collections, as well as to broader humanistic themes.
My Name Is Red (1998)
Nobel Prize–winning Turkish novelist Orhan Pamuk offers a murder mystery set in 16th-century Istanbul. When a Sultan commissions a group of talented artists to create a book celebrating his life and times, one of the artists disappears. Are there clues hidden in the images he created? Book Club tours of My Name Is Red primarily feature works of art in the exhibition Gifts of the Sultan: The Arts of Giving in the Islamic Courts.
Tours available October 23, 2011–January 16, 2012
Cleopatra: A Life (2010)
Stacy Schiff, a Pulitzer Prize–winning biographer, paints a vivid picture of the luxurious lifestyle of the Queen of the Nile, her twin roles as political leader and goddess, and the nail-biting plots and schemes that defined her world. Book Club tours of Cleopatra: A Life feature works of art, across a broad range of the MFAH collections, that evoke life in antiquity and timeless human themes.
Tours available October 16, 2011–April 15, 2012
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