Discussion Bound Book Club

Hosted by the Asheville Art Museum, this monthly discussion is a place to exchange ideas about readings that relate to artworks and the art world, and to learn from and about each other. Meets the second Tuesday of every month at noon.  Please scroll to the current month and year to see what the club is reading now. 

They Called Us Enemy Cover Image
ISBN: 9781603094504
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Top Shelf Productions - July 16th, 2019

They Called Us Enemy - January 2020 selection

Takei has captured hearts and minds worldwide with his captivating stage presence and outspoken commitment to equal rights. But long before he braved new frontiers in Star Trek, he woke up as a four-year-old boy to find his own birth country at war with his father's-and their entire family forced from their home into an uncertain future. In 1942, at the order of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, every person of Japanese descent on the West Coast was rounded up and shipped to one of ten "relocation centers," hundreds or thousands of miles from home, where they would be held for years under armed guard.
They Called Us Enemy is Takei's firsthand account of those years behind barbed wire, the joys and terrors of growing up under legalized racism, his mother's hard choices, his father's faith in democracy, and the way those experiences planted the seeds for his astonishing future. What does it mean to be American? Who gets to decide? When the world is against you, what can one person do? To answer these questions, Takei joins co-writers Justin Eisinger & Steven Scott and artist Harmony Becker for the journey of a lifetime.

African American Arts: Activism, Aesthetics, and Futurity (The Griot Project Book Series) Cover Image
By Sharrell D. Luckett (Editor), Carrie Mae Weems (Foreword by), Sharrell D. Luckett (Contributions by), Carmen Gillespie (Contributions by), Rikki Byrd (Contributions by), Amber Lauren Johnson (Contributions by), Doria E. Charlson (Contributions by), Florencia V. Cornet (Contributions by), Daniel McNeil (Contributions by), Lucy Caplan (Contributions by), Genevieve Hyacinthe (Contributions by), Sammantha McCalla (Contributions by), Nettrice R. Gaskins (Contributions by), Abby Dobson (Contributions by), J. Michael Kinsey (Contributions by), Shondrika Moss-Bouldin (Contributions by), Julie B. Johnson (Contributions by), Jasmine Eileen Coles (Contributions by), Tawnya Pettiford-Wates (Contributions by), Rickerby Hinds (Contributions by)
ISBN: 9781684481521
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Bucknell University Press - December 6th, 2019

African American Arts: Activism, Aesthetics, and Futurity - February 2020 Selection

Signaling recent activist and aesthetic concepts in the work of Kara Walker, Childish Gambino, BLM, Janelle Monáe, and Kendrick Lamar, and marking the exit of the Obama Administration and the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, this anthology explores the role of African American arts in shaping the future, and further informing new directions we might take in honoring and protecting the success of African Americans in the U.S. The essays in African American Arts: Activism, Aesthetics, and Futurity engage readers in critical conversations by activists, scholars, and artists reflecting on national and transnational legacies of African American activism as an element of artistic practice, particularly as they concern artistic expression and race relations, and the intersections of creative processes with economic, sociological, and psychological inequalities. Scholars from the fields of communication, theater, queer studies, media studies, performance studies, dance, visual arts, and fashion design, to name a few, collectively ask: What are the connections between African American arts, the work of social justice, and creative processes? If we conceive the arts as critical to the legacy of black activism in the United States, how can we use that construct to inform our understanding of the complicated intersections of African American activism and aesthetics? How might we as scholars and creative thinkers further employ the arts to envision and shape a verdant society?