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Stanley Reads

Oct 6, 2022

07:00 PM - 08:00 PM

Stanley Museum of Art

160 West Burlington Street, Iowa City, IA 52242

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This fall, Stanley Reads book group brings together two of the university's most celebrated arts organizations: The Iowa Writers Workshop and the Stanley Museum of Art. The club will meet three times over the fall semester to discuss The Family Chao by Lan Samantha Chang, director of the UI Iowa Writers Workshop, and discuss how objects in the Homecoming exhibition connect to the themes presented in the book.

Thursday, Oct. 6, 7 p.m. - led by Amanda Lensing

Thursday, Nov. 3, 7 p.m. - led by Kimberly Datchuck

Thursday, Dec. 1, 7 p.m. - led by Derek Nnuro. Author Samantha Chang will join.

During each Stanley Reads meeting, Stanley staff will draw connections from themes in The Family Chao to works in the inaugural exhibition, Homecoming.

Participants are encouraged to have completed the novel before the first meeting.

The Family Chao is a highly entertaining literary mystery that portrays a Chinese American family dealing with the death of their patriarch and the ensuing trial in the families small Wisconsin town. The Family Chao is available at Prairie Lights.

cover of a red book with the title "The Family Chao by Samantha Chang." There are green dollar bills and a white dog against the red background.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa–sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact in advance at