The ARTful Book Club

Book lovers unite! Indulge your passion for art and reading by joining us for lively discussions about art-related books.

  • 3rd Saturdays, 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
  • Cost: $5/meeting. Bring at start of discussion meeting.
  • RSVP is preferred. Click here or call us at 951-684-7111 to RSVP. Readers will be sent discussion questions prior to each meeting.
  • Readers must read the book in advance. We encourage you to bring your copy for the discussion.
 

The Bar Harbor Retirement Home for Famous Writers (And Their Muses): A Novel by Terri-Lynne DeFino

Literature, Fiction

Alfonse Carducci was a literary giant who lived his life to excess—lovers, alcohol, parties, and literary rivalries. To spend the remainder of his days, he’s come to the Bar Harbor Home for the Elderly. Among kindred spirits, only at the end of his life does he comprehend the price of appeasing every desire and the consequences of forsaking love to pursue greatness, for Alfonse has an unshakeable case of writer’s block that distresses him much more than his precarious health.

Saturday, April 27

Killing Commendatore: A Novel by Haruki Murakami 

Fiction, Novel 

In Killing Commendatore, a thirty-something portrait painter in Tokyo is abandoned by his wife and finds himself holed up in the mountain home of a famous artist, Tomohiko Amada. When he discovers a previously unseen painting in the attic, he unintentionally opens a circle of mysterious circumstances. To close it, he must complete a journey that involves a mysterious ringing bell, a two-foot-high physical manifestation of an Idea, a dapper businessman who lives across the valley, a precocious thirteen-year-old girl, a Nazi assassination attempt during World War II in Vienna, a pit in the woods behind the artist’s home, and an underworld haunted by Double Metaphors. A tour de force of love and loneliness, war and art—as well as a loving homage to The Great Gatsby—Killing Commendatore is a stunning work of imagination from one of our greatest writers.

Saturday, May 18

Holy Terror by Bob Colacello 

Biography 

In the 1960s, Andy Warhol’s paintings redefined modern art. His films provoked heated controversy and his Factory was a hangout for the avant-garde. Bob Colacello, the editor of Warhol’s Interview magazine, spent that decade by Andy’s side as employee, collaborator, wingman, and confidante. In these pages, Colacello takes us there with Andy: into the Factory office, into Studio 54, into wild celebrity-studded parties, and into the early-morning phone calls where the mysterious artist was at his most honest and vulnerable. Colacello gives us, as no one else can, a riveting portrait of this extraordinary man: brilliant, controlling, shy, insecure, and immeasurably influential.

Saturday, June 15

Ninth Street Women: Lee Krasner, Elaine de Kooning, Grace Hartigan, Joan Mitchell, and Helen Frankenthaler: Five Painters and the Movement That Changed Modern Art by Mary Gabriel 

Biography, Art History 

Set amid the most turbulent social and political period of modern times, Ninth Street Women is the impassioned, wild, sometimes tragic, always exhilarating chronicle of five women who dared to enter the male-dominated world of twentieth-century abstract painting--not as muses but as artists. From their cold-water lofts, where they worked, drank, fought, and loved, these pioneers burst open the door to the art world for themselves and countless others to come.

Saturday, July 20