Pen & Paintbrush Book Club
The Pearl, in partnership with our neighbor, the Barbara Bush Branch Library, presents the Pen and Paintbrush Book Club discussion group. The book club selects written works that relate to the current exhibitions on display at the museum. Book club meetings include a discussion and a tour of the current exhibitions with a special emphasis on the common themes they share. All are welcome to join the discussion events -- no membership or RSVP required!
Upcoming Book Discussion:
Riding the Black Cockatoo by John Danalis
Thursday, January 5, 2017 • 1:30pm
Northgate Forest Conference Room
Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts
All through his growing-up years, John Danalis's family had an Aboriginal skull on the mantelpiece. Yet only as an adult, after enrolling in an Indigenous Writing course, did he ask his family where it came from and whether it should be restored to its rightful owners. This is the compelling story of how the skull of an Aboriginal man, found on the banks of Australia's Murray River more than 40 years ago, came to be returned to his Wamba Wamba descendants.
It is a story of awakening, atonement, forgiveness, and friendship. "It is as if a whole window into Indigenous culture has blown open, not just the window, but every door in the house," says John Danalis. Part history, part detective story, part cultural discovery and emotional journey, this is a book for young and old, showing the transformative and healing power of true reconciliation.
Copies of Riding the Black Cockatoo are currently available through the Harris County Public Library system in paperback form. Although it is encouraged, it is not required to read the book in order to participate in the discussion on January 5th. A special guided tour of current exhibitions will follow the discussion. For questions, contact email@example.com.
Past Book Selections
Mission Control, This is Apollo: The Story of the First Voyages to the Moon by Andrew Chaikin and Victoria Kohl
“Standing on the Moon” – NASA, the Apollo Program, and Space Exploration
What Are You Looking At? The Surprising, Shocking, and Sometimes Strange Story of 150 Years of Modern Art by Will Gompertz
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Always Looking: Essays on Art by John Updike
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