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.
Winter-Spring 2018 Programs
Villa America: A Novel by Liza Klaussmann
Newlyweds Sara and Gerald set forth to create a beautiful world together outside the confines of society life in New York City. In the south of France, they immediately fall in with a group of expatriates including Ernest Hemingway, Pablo Picasso, and Zelda & Scott Fitzgerald. At their home Villa America, they invent a fragrant paradise for bohemian artists and writers who became deeply entwined in each other’s affairs, enjoy flamboyant beach parties, and engage in fiery debates over the newest ideas. When a tragic accident brings a young American aviator to Villa America, the circle finds their world irrevocably and unexpectedly transformed. In this dazzling novel, based on the real-life inspirations for F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Tender is The Night, Klaussman expertly evokes the 1920s cultural scene of the so-called “Lost Generation.” Moderated by Kristina Aaronson.
Planned in conjunction with Celebrate Zelda! 2018.
Magritte: This Is Not a Biography by Vincent Zabus & Thomas Campi
Giddy at the prospect of a promotion, Charles Singulier makes the whimsical decision to buy a bowler hat. It is a satisfying, if fanciful, purchase. But there’s a problem: this particular hat once belonged to the Surrealist painter René Magritte, and by donning it Charles has unwittingly stepped into the artist’s unbridled, off-kilter world. The choice is clear: uncover the secrets of Magritte’s life and work, or be doomed to wear the hat forever. Charles embarks on an exploration of Magritte’s imaginative landscape, examining the ideas and penetrating the mysteries of a paradoxical figure: a painter who doesn’t like to paint, an instinctive anarchist who lived a suburban, petty bourgeois existence, a lonely, melancholy soul never far from his friends and collaborators. In their graphic novel, Zabus and Campi paint a panoramic and revealing portrait of the great Surrealist, employing a playfulness and wit reminiscent of Magritte himself. Moderated by Tim Lewis.