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Life on Mars Book Group

CLP-Main and the Carnegie Museum of Art are collaborating on a monthly book discussion group to meet during the Life On Mars Carnegie International exhibit. Delve into six fascinating works of fiction that tackle the complexities of the human condition--the humorous, the perilous, the ironic, and the fantastic. Each session begins with a 15-minute gallery talk highlighting literary and visual art connections, then converse with fellow readers and library staff in the casual atmosphere of the Heinz Architectural Center.

Discussions are held the second Thursday of each month, 6:30–7:45 PM. Meet in the Museum of Art lobby; Free. Space is limited; call 412.622.3288 to register. Sign up for one session, or all six!


Upcoming Discussions:

  • June 12, 2008
    Nicholson Baker
    The Mezzanine
    Join an office worker on a single escalator ride with extensive footnotes - essays that elevate often overlooked, commonplace objects and events to poetic heights.
  • July 10, 2008
    Haruki Murakami
    Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World
    A clerk in a Tokyo of the near future works in an organization that controls the flow of information to society--employing electronic brainwashing and other insidious techniques--a job that contributes to his increasing sense of dehumanization.
  • August 14, 2008
    Daniel Quinn
    A man and a great ape conduct a series of philosophical conversations in a work that presents a new vision of evolution and humankind and asks the question: does the Earth belong to humans, or do humans belong to the Earth?
  • September 11, 2008
    Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
    The Little Prince
    An aviator whose plane is forced down in the Sahara Desert encounters a little prince from a small planet who relates his adventures in seeking the secret of what is important in life.
  • October 9, 2008
    Vladimir Nabokov
    Pale Fire
    A satire within a poem within a novel, dealing with the tensions between art and life, imagination and reality. Avant-garde and witty, this is a thinking reader's classic.
  • November 13, 2008
    Samuel Beckett
    Waiting for Godot
    This is man's metaphysical predicament of perpetual, uncertain expectation, captured with true poetic simplicity.

Book descriptions are taken from Novelist, copyright 2007 EBSCO Publishing