Come to our next OAG Book Club Meeting!
DATE: FIRST Tuesday, JANUARY 3, 2023
TIME: 12:00-2:00 pm
Location: The Braised Onion Restaurant
Book: THE LAST VAN GOGH by Alyson Richman
Summer, 1890. Van Gogh arrives at Auvers-sur-Oise, a bucolic French village that lures city artists to the country. It is here that twenty-year-old Maurguerite Gachet has grown up, attending to her father and brother ever since her mother’s death. And it is here that Vincent Van Gogh will spend his last summer, under the care of Doctor Gachet – homeopathic doctor, dilettante painter, and collector. In these last days of his life, Van Gogh will create over 70 paintings, two of them portraits of Marguerite Gachet. But little does he know that, while capturing Marguerite and her garden on canvas, he will also capture her heart. Both a love story and historical novel, The Last Van Gogh recreates the final months of Vincent’s life – and the tragic relationship between a young girl brimming with hope and an artist teetering on despair.
HOSTESS: VERNA SHELDON
AGENDA FOR MEETING:
1.) HOSTESS RECORDS RATINGS FROM 1-5 OF THOSE WHO READ THE BOOK AND DETERMINES THE AVERAGE FOR THE OVERALL RATING. (1 IS THE LOWEST AND 5 IS THE HIGHEST). ANNOUNCE AT END OF MEETING.
2.) HOSTESS READS A SHORT BIO ABOUT AUTHOR USUALLY PROVIDED AT FRONT OR BACK OF BOOKS OR ONLINE.
3.) HOSTESS ASKS ABOUT 5———10 QUESTIONS HE OR SHE EITHER CREATED OR FROM BACK OF THE BOOK….AND LEADS A DISCUSSION SHARING MEMBERS THOUGHTS OR ANSWERS OR EXPERIENCES WITH THE REST OF THE GROUP.
4.) AT END OF MEETING, AFTER ABOUT 3/4 OF HOUR OF HOSTESS LEADING DISCUSSION, THE AVERAGE RATING IS SHARED, THE NEXT MEETING INFO, BOOK AND HOSTESS IS ANNOUNCED AND ANY NEW BUSINESS CAN BE DISCUSSED.
MEETINGS WILL BE THE FIRST TUESDAY OF EVERY OTHER MONTH.
WE WILL READ A BOOK EVERY TWO MONTHS: NOV., JAN., MAR., MAY. JULY, SEPT. AND NOV.
ANOTHER POSSIBILITY: BOOK CLUB MEMBERS CAN CHOOSE TO PAINT A PAINTING INSPIRED BY THIS BOOK? DISPLAY IT AT LIBRARY?
THIS IS SUCH A FUN ADVENTURE AND THE BOOK SOUNDS GREAT FOR ARTISTS!!!
TUESDAY, MARCH 7, 2023
Book – The Muralist by B A Shapiro
Host – Cathy Burnside
TUESDAY, MAY 2, 2023
Book -Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett
Host -Marion Savage
PLEASE CONTACT LEE AT DIZASTA3131@GMAIL.COM TO LET HER KNOW YOU INTEND TO ATTEND FOR LUNCHEON RESERVATIONS.
A Note from Lee Asta
WELCOME TO THE FIRST OFFICIAL OAG ARTISTS BOOK CLUB!!! THIS IS NOT GOING TO BE LIKE SCHOOL CLASSES…NO GRADES OR REQUIREMENTS! JUST LIVELY DISCUSSIONS!!!!
WE WOULD LIKE EACH MEMBER TO BE A HOSTESS ONCE A YEAR AND YOU WILL SEE HOW EASY THAT WILL BE!!
HERE IS A LIST I STUMBLED UPON THAT HAD SOME REALLY INTERESTING TITLES. I PERSONALLY LIKED THE FACT THAT THERE WERE SEVERAL WELL-KNOWN CLASSIC WRITERS…DAPHNE DE MAURIER FOR ONE…THAT I HAVE NEVER READ!!!
HERE IS A LIST OF POTENTIAL ARTIST READINGS FOR OUR BOOK CLUB SELECTIONS. YOU ARE ALSO FREE TO FIND YOUR OWN RECOMMENDATIONS. I LOOKED UP THE FIRST TITLE AND LIKED ALL THE REVIEWS, ETC. SO THAT IS MY CHOICE FOR OUR NOVEMBER 2022 BOOK CLUB REVIEW.
WE WILL HAVE OUR MEETINGS EVERY TWO MONTHS SO WE DONT GET OVERLOADED WITH ALL OUR WORK AND FUN!!!
THERE WILL BE NO PRESIDENT OR OFFICERS AS THIS IS PART OFG OAG. WE CAN CHOOSE TO INCLUDE A REVIEW OF THE BOOK ON OUR WEBSITE WITH A PIC OR TWO OF OUR MEETING.
LASTLY, WHILE I LOVE THE IDEA, I AM NOT REQUIRING ITl WE MAY CHOOSE TO BRING IN A PAINTING INSPIRED BY EACH BOOK? ..NOT LARGER THAN 12″ X 12″.
IF YOU CAN READ THE BOOK, BUT CANNOT ATTEND THE MEETING, YOU MAY SEND LEE YOUR RATING FROM 1-5 (1 IS THE WORSE RATING) WITH OR WITHOUT A SHORT SENTENCE TO EXPLAIN WHY YOU RATERD IT THAT WAY….OR not INCLUDE ONE AS THE RATINGS ARE PRETTY SELF EXPLANATORY!!!
THIS WILL BE ANOTHER WAY TO EDUCATE OUR MEMBERS AND PROVIDE SOCIALIZING FOR THEM!!! COME ALONG AND BRING A FRIEND. CONTACT LEE SO SHE CAN MAKE RESERVATIONS AT THE BRAISED ONION FOR LUNCH (FROM THE MENU—YOUR CHOICE).
CAN’T WAIT TO START THE BOOK…BUT I HAVE TO WAIT TILL ITS A LITTLE CLOSER TO THE DATE, SO I DONT FORGET THE STORY AND THE CHARACTERS!!!
SEE YOU THEN!!!…LEE ASTA, OAG PRESIDENT