Art + Authors

Art + Authors: Book Discussions at the DIA

Combine a good read with great art as part of the DIA’s new program, Art + Authors: Book Discussions at the DIA. Explore literary works (both fiction and nonfiction) that illuminate visual art in the DIA’s permanent collection and special exhibitions. Held quarterly, the discussions are followed by guided explorations of relevant areas of the DIA's permanent collection with Interpretive Program Volunteers.

The program is free with museum admission and free to residents of Macomb, Oakland, and Wayne counties, but space is limited and pre-registration is required.

Books for each discussion group meeting are available for purchase in the Museum Shop or through the DIA's online Museum Shop.

The DIA encourages libraries in Oakland, Macomb, and Wayne counties to use the DIA’s discussion guide for their own book groups and invite a DIA representative to their institution to talk about related works of art in the museum collection. If you are a librarian and you would like more information or to request a copy of the discussion guide, please contact Rebekka Parker at or 313-833-6448

Discussion guides are available for the following books:

The Passion of Artemisia by Susan Vreeland
The Good Lord Bird by James McBride
Frida: A Biography of Frida Kahlo by Hayden Herrera
Eight Girls Taking Pictures by Whitney Otto
People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehesi Coates and The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin