The 31st National Arts & Crafts Conference at the Grove Park Inn, Asheville, NC February 16 - 18 2018
"The most important weekend of the year for Arts & Crafts collectors." - The New York Times
The Arts & Crafts Book Club
UPDATED FOR 2017!
Arts & Crafts collectors are also Arts & Crafts readers -- which helps explain why we have such a wonderful array of periodicals, quarterlies, newsletters, web sites and books to choose from. Some provide us with information on what we collect; others give us a glimpse into what life was like during the Arts & Crafts era.
Each year we solicit suggestions from our attendees, past and future, as to what books they might like to read prior to next February's National Arts & Crafts Conference. We then select two and assign each a time and a place at the National Arts & Crafts Conference for those of you who have read either of the books to meet, discuss your ideas and share your opinions (those we always have plenty of!).
Our moderator for several years has been Pat Bartinique, a professor of English, an Arts & Crafts collector, an author and a twenty-nine year attendee at the Grove Park Inn. Pat reads each of the suggested works, then narrows the list down for us based on her experience both as a reader and as a teacher.
Keep checking back for updates on this year's selections. As always, if you have any suggested titles don't hesitate to email Bruce at firstname.lastname@example.org
Here are books which the Arts & Crafts Book Club have read and discussed in the past:
Dead Wake ~~ A Woman's Crusade: Alice Paul and the Battle of the Ballot
The Women: A Novel ~~ The Souls of Black Folk
Ten Days in a Mad House ~~ City of Light
The Great Gatsby ~ ~ A Passion for Nature: The Life of John Muir
Clara & Mr. Tiffany ~ ~ Chicago Poems
A Clearing in the Distance: Frederick Law Olmsted and American in the 19th Century ~ ~ O Pioneers!
Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher by Timothy Egan
Edward Curtis was charismatic, handsome, a passionate mountaineer, and a famous portrait photographer, the Annie Leibovitz of his time. He moved in rarefied circles, a friend to presidents, vaudeville stars, leading thinkers. But when he was thirty-two years old, in 1900, he gave it all up to pursue his Great Idea: to capture on film the continent’s original inhabitants before the old ways disappeared.
Curtis spent the next three decades documenting the stories and rituals of more than eighty North American tribes. It took tremendous perseverance — ten years alone to persuade the Hopi to allow him to observe their Snake Dance ceremony. And the undertaking changed him profoundly, from detached observer to outraged advocate. Curtis would amass more than 40,000 photographs and 10,000 audio recordings, and he is credited with making the first narrative documentary film. In the process, the charming rogue with the grade school education created the most definitive archive of the American Indian.
Look Homeward, Angel by Thomas Wolfe
The spectacular, history-making first novel about a young man’s coming of age by literary legend Thomas Wolfe, first published in 1929 and long considered a classic of twentieth century literature.
A legendary author on par with William Faulkner and Flannery O’Connor, Thomas Wolfe published Look Homeward, Angel, his first novel, about a young man’s burning desire to leave his small town and tumultuous family in search of a better life, in 1929. It gave the world proof of his genius and launched a powerful legacy.
The novel follows the trajectory of Eugene Gant, a brilliant and restless young man whose wanderlust and passion shape his adolescent years in rural North Carolina. Wolfe said that Look Homeward, Angel is “a book made out of my life,” and his largely autobiographical story about the quest for a greater intellectual life has resonated with and influenced generations of readers, including some of today’s most important novelists. Rich with lyrical prose and vivid characterizations, this twentieth-century American classic will capture the hearts and imaginations of every reader.
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