Art + Authors

Art + Authors: Book Discussions at the DIA

Combine a good read with great art as part of the DIA’s 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, please contact Rebekka Parker at or 313-833-6448. 

Discussion guides for the following books are available by clinking on the title below.

The Passion of Artemisia by Susan Vreeland
The Good Lord Bird by James McBride
People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks
My Name is Red by Orhan Pamuk
Shanghai Girls by Lisa See