Water Book Club: 'A River with a City Problem' (2019)
by Margaret Cook

10.30AM Thu 30 Apr 2020
QAG | Members lounge | Ticketed

Discuss art, life, culture and creativity at the QAGOMA Members Book Club. From January through to May the titles on the Members Book Club reading list have been selected to connect to, contextualise and discuss ideas presented in ‘Water’.

Book 4: A River with a City Problem: A History of Brisbane Floods (2019), Margaret Cook
A River with a City Problem is a compelling history of floods in the Brisbane River catchment. Through a detailed analysis of Brisbane’s worst floods (in 1893, 1974 and 2011), historian Margaret Cook reveals how those governing Australia’s third most populous city have consistently failed to implement sensible floodplain management policies, condemning our ever-increasing population to periodic catastrophe. Extensively researched, the book highlights the force of nature, the vagaries of politics and the power of community. With many river cities facing urban development challenges, Cook makes a convincing argument for what must change to prevent further tragedy.

Book 1: Other Minds: the Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness (2016), Peter Godfrey-Smith
Book 2: Night Fishing: Stingrays, Goya and the Singular Life (2019), Vicki Hastrich
Book 3: Too Much Lip (2018), Melissa Lucashenko
Book 5: Carpentaria (2006) Alexis Wright

$12 Members | $17 Members' guests (includes coffee/tea and sweets) / Book online or call (07) 3840 7278 to join the monthly discussions hosted by Book Club Facilitator Eve Jensen

Members receive 20% off current and past Book Club titles from the QAGOMA Store. Pre-order your books with the Store to avoid disappointment.