SUMMER BOOK CLUB
Engage with the themes of current exhibitions and displays through the QAGOMA Members Book Club and specially selected texts. Book into one of our regular sessions, or just read along at home!
Led by QAGOMA Members Book Club facilitator Eve Jensen, the summer and autumn meetings explore the themes of nature, spirituality and the world through classic and contemporary Chinese literature. The texts selected for this period provide opportunities to engage with the works and discuss ideas presented in the exhibition ‘Cai Guo-Qiang: Falling Back to Earth’, currently on display at GOMA.
January Book Club
The Importance of Living 1937
10.00am & 11.30am Saturday 18 September
10.00am & 11.30am Thursday 30 January
This book offers an alternative way to lead our often fast-paced lives. Lin provides a refreshing and playful reminder to slow down and enjoy the often overlooked simple pleasures in life. A translation of fourth-century Chinese poet Tao Yuanming’s Ah Homeward Bound I Go is also presented in the book, and is the inspiration for Cai Guo-Qiang’s exhibition title and theme.
February Book Club
Arthur Waley & Wu Cheng’en
Monkey: Folk Novel of China 1994
10.00am & 11.30am Thursday 20 February
10.00am & 11.30am Saturday 22 February
Arthur Waley’s abridged version of Wu Cheng’en’s sixteenth-century work Journey to the West, one of China’s four great classic novels and arguably one of its most popular works of fiction. Through this translation, Waley provides a faithful reproduction of the original story, fusing satire, allegory and history together for a page-turning and entertaining adventure.
The reading list for March, April and May will continue to focus on China and includes Wolf Totem (2004) by Jiang Rong, winner of the 2007 Man Asian Literary Prize; Sijie Dai’s Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress (2006), an enchanting and unexpected story set at the height of the Cultural Revolution, translated by Ina Rilke; and Gao Xingjian’s Nobel Prize-winning Soul Mountain (1989).
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 the Summer 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).