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Contempo book club 2012

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Would you like to learn more about visual art, read more books and meet new people?

Join your fellow bookworms in the Contempo book club to discuss the selected book and enjoy some tea and scones.

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Sunday 25 November, 2pm

$24 on-members
$18 members

Bookings and enquiries: 02 9225 1878

Three full working days (Mon–Fri) notice is required to qualify for a refund. All refunds attract an administration charge of 25% of the ticket price(s) with a minimum charge of $5. Not negotiable.

Location: Art Gallery Society (members lounge)

Proudly sponsored by
Art Equity

The map and the territory - Michel Houellebecq

The first Contempo book club of 2012 will take you through the wonderfully strange and subversive world created by Michel Houellebecq in The map and the territory, the author’s fifth novel and winner of the Prix Goncourt, France’s most prestigious literary prize. Examine the art world according to Houellebecq via police procedures, realistic fictional characters and utterly improbably figures who are in fact taken from real life.


Sunday 26 February 2012 2pm – 3:30pm

Madonnas of Leningrad - Debra Dean

This debut novel will take readers back to the days of the Leningrad seige of 1941 and one woman’s quest to preserve priceless works of art in the Hermitage Museum.

Working tirelessly with museum colleagues, Marina manages to place many works into safekeeping with the hope that one day, when the war is over, they will again grace the walls. Now in present-day America, the courageous Marina still has a deep emotional connection with these artworks and her past in Russia but finds her connection with everyday life becoming increasingly tenuous.


Sunday 29 July 2012 2pm – 4pm

Online bookings close Friday 4.30pm

The man with the Blue Scarf - Martin Gayford

Described as one of the most original, enjoyable, and informative publications about art in our time, the book acts as a chronology of the nine months that the author sat for one of the world’s leading portrait painters Lucian Freud.


Sunday 30 September 2012 2pm – 4pm

An object of beauty by Steve Martin

Lacey Yeager is young, captivating, and ambitious enough to take the NYC art world by storm. Groomed at Sotheby’s and hungry to keep climbing the social and career ladders put before her, Lacey charms men and women, old and young, rich and even richer with her magnetic charisma and liveliness. Her ascension to the highest tiers of the city parallel the soaring heights—and, at times, the dark lows—of the art world and the country from the late 1990s through today.


Sunday 25 November 2012 2pm – 4pm