Read (or listen) along with us. #AlabamaChaninBookClub
What We’re Reading for Spring 2023:
Trust by Hernan Diaz
Novelist as a Vocation by Haruki Murakami
Matrix by Lauren Groff
The Christie Affair by Nina de Gramont
The Violin Conspiracy by Brendan Slocumb
I’m Glad My Mother Died by Jennette McCurdy
Inspiring Podcast Episodes:
What We’re Watching:
When her husband informs her, after 40 years of marriage, that his future plans no longer include her, May Wilson, age 60, former “wife-mother-housekeeper-cook” and a grandmother, moves to New York City and discovers an independent life of her own for the first time in which the art, that had once been a hobby, becomes central. —New Day Films
Paired with this book: Ray Johnson c/o, an exploration of the collage and pop artist’s collection at The Chicago Institute of Art.
Learn more about the life and work of Ray Johnson, “New York’s most famous unknown artist,” and friend of May Wilson.
The Kitchen Sisters
Read: Hidden Kitchens: Stories, Recipes, and More from NPR’s the Kitchen Sisters. Listen to select stories from the series here.
Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva, “The Kitchen Sisters”, are radio producers, historians, and storytellers who have been recording the lives, recipes, and journeys—in and out of the kitchen—that have shaped today’s culture.
A publication of the witty “Truisms” which artist Jenny Holder wrote anonymously and shared publicly—sheets of paper adhered to phone booths, marquee signs, projected onto buildings, and large-format letters trailing airplanes—throughout New York City in the 1970s. Through Holzer’s unique approach, her work would be seen and shared by the masses while the creator remained, at the time, unknown.
“Turn soft and lovely any time you have a chance”
“All things are delicately interconnected”
“Life is not a rehearsal”
“It is in your self-interest to find a way to be very tender”
Purchase a limited-edition copy of Living here.
Learn more about Holzer’s work and life here.
Solnit offers an endearing portrait of George Orwell, the radical twentieth-century dystopian novelist who displays a capacity for hope through the act of planting and tending to his roses.
A Field Guide to Getting Lost by Rebecca Solnit
A series of autobiographical essays that explore navigation, an ever-present theme in the human experience. The path toward knowing oneself is most often found when we approach the unfamiliar terrains of wilderness, relationships, and life with open hearts and a sense of wonder.
Listen on Libro.fm and support your local bookstore.
Whereabouts by Jhumpa Lahiri
How to Tell a Story: The Essential Guide to Memorable Storytelling from The Moth by Meg Bowles, Catherine Burns, Jenifer Hixson, Sarah Austin Jenness, and Kate Tellers.
Read our interview with Catherine Burns, our Alabama sister and Artistic Director of The Moth, here.
Listen to Cassandra Speaks on Audible—read by the author.
The Women Who Revolutionized Fashion: 250 Years of Design by Madelief Hohé and the Peabody Essex Museum.
Congratulations to our friends at the Peabody Essex Museum on receiving the Richard Martin Exhibition Award from the Costume Society of America for this exhibition. Tour Made It: The Women who Revolutionized Fashion online here.
Art and artists:
Learn more about the 2019 exhibition from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and view more of Celmins’ works.
Learn more about the 2004 retrospective exhibition from The Museum of Modern Art, and view more of Bontecou’s works.
On Color by David Scott Kastan and Stephen Farthing
Pantone: The 20th Century in Color by Leatrice Eiseman and Keith Recker
Josef Albers: Interaction, edited by Heinz Liesbrock and Ulrike Growe
Interaction of Color by Josef Albers
The Secret Lives of Color by Kassia St. Clair
This is, famously, the book that Charles Darwin referenced to write about the colors that he saw in nature during his voyage sailing around the world from 1831–1836 aboard the H.M.S Beagle. Read more about “The Book that Colored Charles Darwin’s World” via The New Yorker.
P.S.: Embroidery: Threads and Stories from Alabama Chanin and The School of Making by Natalie Chanin is now available. Order a signed copy here.
Embroidery: Threads and Stories combines lessons in design and embroidery with Natalie’s engaging story of returning to her childhood home, the history of textiles in her region, and the evolution of Alabama Chanin and The School of Making. A deeply personal and reflective work, Natalie’s sixth book explores her design ethos, creative process, and the indelible impacts she has made in the textile industry and maker movement as a pioneer of sustainable design.