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Book Club


Led by QAGOMA Members Book Club facilitator Eve Jensen (June and August), and exhibition curator Ellie Buttrose (July), the Winter Book Club will explore food, its production, consumption and symbolism.

Selected texts provide opportunities to engage with and discuss ideas presented in the exhibition 'Harvest', on display in GOMA until 21 September 2014.

Book in for one or all three sessions to join the discussion — or read along at home!

Salt: A World History

June Book Club

Mark Kurlansky's

Salt: A World History   (2002)

Thursday 26 June | 10.30am & 1.30pm
Saturday 21 June | 10.30am & 1.30pm

Until about 100 years ago, salt – the only rock we eat – was the world's most sought-after commodities. Wars were fought over it and financed with it, and colonies were established in order to secure it. It aided empires and spurred revolutions. Then suddenly it lost its value. Described by Anthony Bourdain as 'a must-have for any serious cook or foodie' and an international bestseller, Mark Kurlansky's Salt: A World History (2002) is the perfect introduction to our Winter Book Club series.

Dark Emu: Black Seeds – Agriculture or Accident

July Book Club

Bruce Pascoe

Dark Emu: Black Seeds – Agriculture or Accident   (2014)

Thursday 17 July | 10.30am & 1.30pm
Saturday 26 July | 10.30am & 1.30pm

Bruce Pascoe is an award-winning Australian writer, editor and anthropologist. His latest work, Dark Emu: Black Seeds – Agriculture or Accident (2014), argues for a reconsideration of the 'hunter-gatherer' tag for pre-colonial Aboriginal Australians and attempts to rebut colonial myths. Pascoe provides compelling evidence from the diaries of early explorers suggesting that systems of food production and land management have been blatantly understated in modern retellings of early Aboriginal history, and that a new look at Australia's past is required.

Love & Hunger: Thoughts on the Gift of Food

August Book Club

Charlotte Wood

Love & Hunger: Thoughts on the Gift of Food   (2012)

Thursday 28 August | 9:45am & 2.30pm
Saturday 30 August | 10.30am & 1.30pm

Love & Hunger:  Thoughts on the Gift of Food (2012) is a book  about the emotional and symbolic meaning of cooking for people you love. It's a  distillation of everything writer Charlotte Wood has learned over more than 20  years about the pleasures of simple food well made. Love & Hunger will make you long to get into the kitchen to try  the surprising tips and delicious recipes, and leave you freshly inspired to  cook with joy for the people you love.

Pre-order your books to avoid disappointment — please contact the QAGOMA Store on (07) 3840 7290 at the beginning of the season.

To register for any of the Book Club sessions, please call (07) 3840 7278 (places are strictly limited – book early to avoid disappointment) / $10 per meeting for QAGOMA Members / $15 Members’ guests (includes coffee and tea and sweets).