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Book Club


On display in GOMA until Sunday 7 June, 'David Lynch: Between Two Worlds' offers a rare opportunity to consider Lynch’s creative vision and the relationships between his work as an artist, filmmaker and musician. Our autumn reading list has been selected to provide Book Club members with insights into Lynch’s unique artistic world. To join the discussions hosted by our Book Club Facilitator, Eve Jensen, please call the office to book in for one or all three sessions, or simply read along at home.

Continuing our David Lynch theme, we are pleased to be offering Twin Peaks-inspired cherry desserts at our Autumn Book Club.

Uno Chiyo

February Book Club

Uno Chiyo

Confessions of Love (1935)

Thursday 19 February | 10.30am or 2.30pm
Saturday 28 February | 11.00am or 2.00pm

Hosted by Eve Jensen, QAGOMA Book Club facilitator

Confessions of Love takes us back to 1920s Japan, via a largely autobiographical account of writer and fashion designer Uno Chiyo’s torrid love affair with an artist. Written in a frank, spontaneous style, and from the perspective of the male character, Uno Chiyo (1897–1996) established her literary reputation with this early work and is unique for Japanese fiction of the period. Considered to be one of twentieth-century Japan’s most accomplished, celebrated and influential women, in addition to her rising popularity as a writer, she also found time to establish and run Japan’s first Western-style fashion magazine Sutairu (Style) (1936–59), which she occasionally modelled, and became well known for her own brand of contemporary, somewhat flamboyant, kimono designs. Uno remained active as a writer almost through to the end of her life, awarded in Japan for the Women’s Literature Prize (1970), the Japan Art Academy Prize (1972), the Kikuchi Kan Prize (1982), and the Order of Cultural Merit (1990).

Catching the Big Fish: Meditation, Consciousness, and Creativity

March Book Club

David Lynch

Catching the Big Fish: Meditation, Consciousness, and Creativity (2006)

Saturday 21 March | 10.30pm
Thursday 26 March | 10.30am or 3.00pm

Catching the Big Fish: Meditation, Consciousness, and Creativity gives readers a peek inside the head of our featured artist David Lynch as he expounds his personal philosophies of transcendental meditation (TM). As a long-term practitioner of TM, Lynch writes how his personal practice has allowed him to explore and expand his own creativity. Catching the Big Fish: Meditation, Consciousness, and Creativity is a blend of filmography, biography and personal philosophy that will give insights into this extraordinary creative mind.

The Metamorphosis

April Book Club

Franz Kafka

The Metamorphosis (1915)

Saturday 18 April | 10.30am
Thursday 23 April | 10.30am or 3.00pm

When protagonist Gregor Samsa wakes one morning after ‘unsettling dreams’ to find himself transformed into ‘a monstrous vermin’, he faces rejection from even the closest members of his family. A seminal work of the twentieth century, this much-studied classic explores the timeless themes of existentialism, demands on the individual and the limits of social acceptance and tolerance, making it as valuable today as when it was first published.

The Art Spirit

May Book Club

Robert Henri

The Art Spirit (1923)

Thursday 21 May | 10.30am or 3.00pm
Saturday 23 May | 10.30am

One of David Lynch’s favourite books, The Art Spirit by North American artist Robert Henri (1865–1929) is an inspired look at teaching, happiness and finding fulfilment through art. Also hailed as an extraordinary teacher, Henri mentored and influenced a generation of American artists. The Art Spirit embodies his teachings, with advice, critical comment and personal philosophies on art and the happiness that can be found through the arts. This combination of philosophy and arts teaching complements David Lynch’s holistic philosophies, as well as being an instructive book for any art lover.

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 book online or 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).