Discussion Bound

Second Tuesdays (unless otherwise noted), 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.

Fall 2017 Programs

Living Stories of the Cherokee bookSEPTEMBER 19
Living Stories of the Cherokee by Barbara R. Duncan, Ph.D.

This remarkable book, the first major collection of Cherokee stories published in nearly 100 years, presents 72 traditional and contemporary tales from the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in North Carolina. It features stories told by Davey Arch, Robert Bushyhead, Edna Chekelelee, Marie Junaluska, Kathi Smith Littlejohn, and Freeman Owle – six Cherokee storytellers who learned their art and their stories from family and community. The tales gathered here include animal stories, creation myths, legends, and ghost stories as well as family tales and stories about such events in Cherokee history as the Trail of Tears. Taken together, they demonstrate that storytelling is a living, vital tradition. As new stories are added and old stories are changed or forgotten, Cherokee storytelling grows and evolves. In an introductory essay, Barbara Duncan writes about the Cherokee storytelling tradition and explains the “oral poetics” style in which the stories are presented. This format effectively conveys the rhythmic, oral quality of the living storytelling tradition, allowing the reader to “hear” the voice of the storyteller.

Planned in conjunction with Home Land.

100 Secrets of the Art World bookOCTOBER 10
100 Secrets of the Art World: Everything You Always Wanted to Know About the Arts But Were Afraid to Ask by Thomas Girst & Magnus Resch

What do major artists consider their best-kept secret? What is regarded as confidential knowledge among the key players of the global art market? In 100 Secrets of the Art World, the most powerful international individuals share their insights. This indispensable and fun guide to contemporary art contains exclusive anecdotes, advice, and personal stories from artists, museum directors, gallerists, auction house insiders, collectors, and many more. Contributors include Jeff Koons, Zaha Hadid, Marina Abramović, Ólafur Elíasson, and John Baldessari, as well as directors and curators from the Centre Pompidou, the Guggenheim, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, Tate Modern, the Nationalgalerie, and more. Thoughtful – and often critical – entries make this informative publication an entertaining read for anyone interested in contemporary art.