Artists in Fiction Book Club



Artists in Fiction Book Club

Strathmore’s art-themed book club explores your favorite artists, turning the pages of both popular and lesser-known novels. Join fellow readers and art enthusiasts one Wednesday a month to discuss forgotten painters, origins of colors, and miraculous recoveries of masterpieces. Each meeting provides an examination of the factual background along with the fiction.

Book club meetings are currently online. RSVP to receive the Zoom link before the meeting. Please note, registration closes at 10am on meeting days. A Zoom link will be emailed to participants 30 minutes prior to the event. If you do not receive the Zoom link, please check your spam folder or email us at


Book Club

Fall Virtual Book Clubs

Sept 23, 3pm: The Last Painting of Sara de Vos, by Dominic Smith 

Oct 21, 3pm: Indigo: In Search of the Color That Seduced the World by Catherine E. McKinley 

Nov 18, 3pm: Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng


Looking Ahead: Winter & Beyond

We are considering hosting one in-person meeting and one virtual meeting for later book clubs, to be determined. Stay tuned for more information! In the meantime, you can preview the book list below.

Dec: Holiday Break, no book club

Jan 22: A Piece of the World by Cristina Baker Kline   

Feb 17: Lydia Cassatt Reading the Morning Paper by Harriet Chessmore 

March 24: Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler (selected in conjunction with the future performance of Parable of the Sower at Strathmore)

April 21: The Collector's Apprentice by B A Shapiro 

May 19: The Henna Artist by Alka Joshi 

June: Summer Break, no book club 

July, date tbd: The Rescue Artist: A True Story of Art Thieves and the Hunt for a Missing Masterpiece by Edward Dolnick 



Finding Free E-Books & Audio Books

If you have a library card, we recommend starting with your library system! Select eAudiobook or eBook from Advanced Search menus to narrow your options.

Montgomery County Public Libraries Advanced Search

All the Digital Copies Checked Out at Your Library? Or Don’t Have a Library Card?

Many libraries have online registration options that offer temporary access to digital resources. Additionally, Maryland residents may register with and borrow materials from any public library in the State, and many libraries in the DMV area have reciprocal borrowing agreements that allow residents to borrow materials across state/district lines.

Check a library’s “get a card” page for more information on digital/temporary cards and eligibility. Here are a few options to get you started:

  • Montgomery County Public Libraries – Digital Library Card for immediate use. MCPL is currently waiving the usual 30-day expiration for digital cards. Available to those who live, work, or go to school in Montgomery County or those who live in Maryland; the District of Columbia; or Alexandria, Arlington, Falls Church, Fairfax, Loudoun, or Prince William Counties in Northern Virginia.
  • Enoch Pratt Free Library – Online eCard never expires as long as it’s active within a year! Open to Maryland Residents.
  • Prince George’s County Public Libraries – Virtual Card good for 3 years for Prince George’s County residents or 6 months for other Maryland residents and residents of the District of Columbia; and Alexandria, Arlington County, Fairfax County, Falls Church, Loudoun County, and Prince William County in Virginia.
  • Howard County Public Libraries – Temporary card good for 6 months. Open to Maryland Residents.
  • Open Library by the Internet Archive – No library card is needed to check out books, just registration. Open to all.

Support Strathmore

We rely on charitable gifts from individuals to sustain and expand our visual and performing arts experiences and arts education programs. Your gift will foster incredible social impact by allowing Strathmore to remain a strong and vibrant resource in your community.

Make a membership gift here.