Reading (detail), 1873. Berthe Morisot (French, 1841-1895). Oil on fabric; 46.0 x 71.8 cm. Gift of the Hanna Fund 1950.89
  • Reading (detail), 1873. Berthe Morisot (French, 1841-1895). Oil on fabric; 46.0 x 71.8 cm. Gift of the Hanna Fund 1950.89

Art and Fiction Book Club

Every other month, 2 Wednesdays

The Art and Fiction Book Club connects the written word to works of art on view in special exhibitions and the permanent collection galleries. Books are selected to highlight a variety of historical periods, artistic movements, and points of view, with the aim of challenging, intriguing, and inspiring readers to explore wide-ranging styles, genres, and formats of both art and fiction. 

Each two-week session includes a gallery tour highlighting objects relevant to the reading selection, and a discussion led by museum educators that includes a short lecture covering broad historical context and conversation with other attendees about the book and related artworks. 

  • Session 1: Two Wednesdays, January 4 & 11, 1:30–2:30, classroom E. Explore Paris in the 1300s as we read A Slender Tether by Jess Wells and visit Myth and Mystique: Cleveland’s Gothic Table Fountain.
  • Session 2: Two Wednesdays, March 8 & 15, 1:30–2:30, classroom E. Delve into Mary Cassatt’s world with Lydia Cassatt Reading the Morning Paper, Harriet Scott Chessman, and a tour of Pure Color: Pastels from the Cleveland Museum of Art
  • Session 3: Two Wednesdays, May 10 & 17. Discuss questions of attribution and authorship with an exploration of Known and Famous: Nine Master Carvers of Sub-Saharan Africa and reading of Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe. 
  • Session 4: Two Wednesdays, July 12 & 19, 1:30–2:30. Discover mid-century America with stories from The Same Door, a collection of short stories by John Updike and a tour of Brand-New & Terrific: Alex Katz in the 1950s. (Selected readings: Friends from Philadelphia, The Kid’s Whistling, Snowing in Greenwich Village, The Alligators, The Happiest I’ve Been)
  • Session 5: Two Wednesdays, September 13 & 20, 1:30–2:30. Take a look at the life of a Korean scholar with a tour of Chaekgeori: Pleasure of Possessions in Korean Painted Screens and a discussion of Encounter: A Novel of Nineteenth-Century Korea by Moo-Sook Hahn. 
  • Session 6: Two Wednesdays, November 8 & 15, 1:30–2:30. The year’s sessions conclude with My Name is Red by Orhan Pamuk and a tour featuring Islamic art.

$35 per session, CMA members $30 per session. Register online at or by phone at 216-421-7350. Registration for sessions 4, 5, and 6.

Participants purchase book on their own; limited quantities are available for purchase in the museum store.