The 33rd National Arts & Crafts Conference at the Omni Grove Park Inn, Asheville, NC February 21 - 23, 2020
"The most important weekend of the year for Arts & Crafts collectors." - The New York Times
The Arts & Crafts Book Club
Arts and Crafts collectors are also Arts and Crafts readers -- which helps explain why we have such a wonderful array of periodicals, quarterlies, newsletters, websites 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 thirty-one year attendee at the Grove Park Inn Arts and Crafts Conference. 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.
As always, if you have any suggested titles for the future, don't hesitate to email Bruce at Bruce1915@gmail.com.
Friday, February 15th
4:30 - 5:30pm
The Saturday Evening Girls Club
by Jane Healey
Four young immigrant women in early 1900’s Boston form a social pottery-making group to escape their hectic home lives. The friends will face family tradition clashes, matters of the heart, career struggle and cultural prejudice. But through the strength of their bond – forged through this group – they draw strength and courage to transform their stories of immigration into their dream American lives.
Saturday, February 16th 3:00 - 4:00pm
The Electrifying Fall of Rainbow City: Spectacle and Assassination at the 1901 World's Fair
by Margaret Creighton
Buffalo, New York - 1901's eighth largest American city - made plans to host a world's fair with the Pan American Exposition, showcasing the best of early 1900s America that would hopefully bring in millions of tourists to western New York. Promoters thought this event would be larger and brighter than any show previously held - instead the 1901 World's Fair brought tragedy and scandals galore. Author Margaret Creighton shows through a weaving of narratives from the famous and not-so-famous and shows how murders, astonishing acts, and power struggles start off the new century.
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