Reading Group

Art depicting a hand turning a page of a book, with WAM Library and Reading Group logos

The Worcester Art Museum Library maintains an active, Members-only group of readers who enjoy books relating to art. We periodically come together for book discussions and events such as special museum tours, film screenings, and activities relating to books we’ve read.

To join this Members-only group, email

Current book

A Photographer’s Life by Jack Dykinga


Wednesday, June 5, 2024
6–7 pm
Online (Zoom)

Hosted by Kelly Hydrick, WAM Library Supervisor.

Private docent-led tour: Landscape in Western Art

Sunday, June 9, 2024
10–10:45 am
Meet in Lancaster Lobby

Registered members of the group will receive event sign-up information via email.

Upcoming books

September 2024

Girl Reading by Katie Ward


Wednesday, September 11, 2024
6–7 pm
Online (Zoom)

Hosted by Kelly Hydrick, WAM Library Supervisor.

Women Reading: A Private Showing of Selected Prints

Wednesday, September 18, 2024
Limited to 12 participants
More details to come

A private showing of selected prints from the Prints, Drawings, and Photographs department. If more than 12 members are interested there is the possibility to open up a second time-slot.

January 2025

Portrait of a Thief by Grace D. Li

Discussion and event to be announced.

April 2025
In collaboration with The College of the Holy Cross

Kusama: The Graphic Novel by Elisa Macellari

Discussion and event to be announced.

Previous books

  • The Secret Life of Sunflowers by Marta Molnar
  • A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline
  • Art Forger by Barbara Shapiro
  • Basquiat: A Graphic Novel by Paolo Parisi
  • Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson
  • Clara and Mr. Tiffany by Susan Vreeland
  • England’s Mistress: The Infamous Life of Emma Hamilton by Kate Williams
  • I Always Loved You by Robin Oliveira
  • Lady in Gold by Anne-Marie O’Connor
  • Last Painting of Sara de Vos by Dominic Smith
  • The Lost Painting: The Quest for a Caravaggio Masterpiece by Jonathan Harr
  • Luncheon of the Boating Party by Susan Vreeland
  • Paper Bullets: Two Artists Who Risked Their Lives to Defy the Nazis by Jeffrey H. Jackson
  • Wilderness: A Journal of Quiet Adventure in Alaska by Rockwell Kent