Books & Brushes
Tuesday May 21
A collaboration between McNally Robinson Booksellers and the Winnipeg Art Gallery.
Select Tuesdays, 11:30am
Included with regular Gallery admission: Adult $12; Senior/Student $10; Free for WAG members
Visit the WAG to participate in discussions of artworks related to popular reads! These conversational tours led by Gallery experts and guides are both fun and informative. Space is limited and registration is required for each event. Sign up via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Upcoming book selections:
May 21, 2019 • Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
Middlesex is a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel whose characters and events are loosely based on aspects of Eugenides' life and observations of his Greek heritage. The book centers on the pursuit of the American Dream and explores gender identity while offering allusions to Greek mythology, including creatures such as the Minotaur, half-man and half-bull, and the Chimera, a monster composed of various animal parts. Come prepared to discuss the book as a group and explore Norval Morriseau's monumental painting, Androgyny that relates to the narrative and more generally the theme of gender expression and identfication.
Nov 12, 2019 • Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer
Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer
As a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, she embraces the notion that plants and animals are our oldest teachers. Drawing on her life as an indigenous scientist, and as a woman, Kimmerer shows how other living beings - asters and goldenrod, strawberries and squash, salamanders, algae, and sweetgrass - offer us gifts and lessons, even if we've forgotten how to hear their voices. In reflections that range from the creation of Turtle Island to the forces that threaten its flourishing today, she circles toward a central argument: that the awakening of ecological consciousness requires the acknowledgment and celebration of our reciprocal relationship with the rest of the living world. “For only when we can hear the languages of other beings will we be capable of understanding the generosity of the earth, and learn to give our own gifts in return."