Discussion Bound

Second Tuesdays, 12:00 p.m.
Meet at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café (55 Haywood Street, Asheville 28801)

This monthly discussion is a place to exchange ideas about readings that relate to artworks and the art world, and to learn from and about each other. Pick up some tasty local fare at the Malaprop’s Café to make the most of your midday break! Books are available at Malaprop’s for a 10% discount.

If you would like to receive more information about Discussion Bound, please email Kristi McMillan, Adult Programs Manager, to add your name to our email list.

Visit the Discussion Bound page on the Malaprop’s website.

Summer-Fall 2018 Programs


For the first time in 27 years, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum has authorized a book on the daring theft of 13 priceless works of art worth over $500 million. The heist remains the largest unsolved theft in history; the museum’s $10 million reward for safe return of all the works still stands.

In 1903, Isabella Stewart Gardner opened her extraordinary museum, modeled after a Venetian palazzo, for the “enjoyment and education of the public forever.” She had amassed an impressive collection including some of the finest masterpieces by Rembrandt, Titian, Raphael, and Botticelli, as well as works by her contemporaries such as Sargent, Whistler, and Degas. In the early morning hours of March 18, 1990, two thieves disguised as police officers talked their way into the museum and tied up the night guards. They cut some of the paintings from their frames and stacked up others to take, leaving behind a priceless Rembrandt leaning against a chest. While it is believed that the thieves “came for the Rembrandts,” they also stole works by Vermeer, Degas, and Manet, among others. In 81 minutes, they were gone.

Stolen gives an inside look at the robbery and explores the impact of the missing works with commentary from the Museum’s director, curators, and the chief investigator. They describe how the theft, often called a crime against humanity, has affected visitors and disrupted Isabella Stewart Gardner’s careful arrangement of the works. The book is highly visual, with original photographs of the stolen objects, as well as how they originally looked in the galleries. Stolen, the only book on the theft commissioned by the Gardner Museum, provides the context to a brazen heist that left one of the world’s great museums in search of its lost masterpieces.

Autumn: A Novel by Ali Smith

Autumn. Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness. Two old friends – Daniel, a centenarian, and Elisabeth, an art historian born in 1984 – look to both the future and the past as the United Kingdom stands divided by a historic, once-in-a-generation summer. Love is won, love is lost. Hope is hand-in-hand with hopelessness. The seasons roll round, as ever. A luminous meditation on the meaning of richness and harvest and worth, Autumn is the first installment of Smith’s Seasonal Quartet, and it casts an eye over our own time: Who are we? What are we made of? Shakespearean jeu d’esprit, Keatsian melancholy, the sheer bright energy of 1960s Pop Art. Wide-ranging in time-scale and light-footed through histories, Autumn is an unforgettable story about aging, time, love; and stories themselves; a Man Booker Prize finalist, and one of the best books of the year according to the New York Times, NPR, The Guardian, Slate, the Chicago Tribune, and more! Moderated by Kristina Aaronson.

I Remember Better When I Paint: Art and Alzheimer’s: Opening Doors, Making Connections by Berna Huebner

I Remember Better When I Paint conveys valuable scientific information on how Alzheimer’s and other dementias affect the brain, and how art and creative therapies are often able to bypass the limitations imposed by those changes and reach areas of emotion, creativity, and expression. In this story about the remarkable transformation undergone by Hilgos, a woman with Alzheimer’s, her family, friends, caregivers, and doctors reflect on the role of art in helping her regain her self-esteem and connect once again with those she loves. Includes chapters written by Robert Butler, MD, founder of the National Institute on Aging; Gene Cohen, Ph.D., founder of the Center on Aging, Health, and Humanities at George Washington University; and the individual art students who worked with Hilgos. Illustrated with the delightful paintings and sculptures that Hilgos created before and after developing Alzheimer’s. Moderated by Kristi McMillan, Adult Programs Manager, with special guest Ruth Butler of CarePartners and Dementia Friendly WNC.

Limited copies of this title are available at Malaprop’s; email justin@malaprops.com by October 1 to reserve your copy.