Stanley Reads Book Club

Image of two books seen from above such that their covers create an "S"
September 1, 2020 - 2:00pm

Stanley Reads puts the museum’s recent exhibitions in conversation with literature. This fall we will consider "Follow Her Lead" in relation to "Homegoing" by Yaa Gyasi. Both the exhibition and novel focus on women and motherhood across time and geography. During each meeting of the book club, we will pair artwork from the exhibition with chapters from the book to connect deeply with the themes and expand our understanding of the objects and the story. 

Stanley Reads is led by Kimberly Datchuk, curator of learning & engagement and is presented in partnership with Prairie Lights Books.

Homegoing book jacket

Homegoing begins in Ghana in the eighteenth century. It follows the lives of two half-sisters and eight generations of their descendants, those who endured enslavement in America and those who remained in Africa. The powerful story shows the deep and lasting effects of slavery. 

Yaa Gyasi was born in Ghana and raised in Huntsville, Alabama. She earned an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Homegoing won the PEN/Hemingway Award and the NBCC’s John Leonard Award. It is Gyasi’s first novel. 

Register for Stanley Reads:

Once registered, you will receive invitations to all Stanley Reads events.

Registration will cut off at noon the Friday preceding each event. Anyone registered after that will be added to the following meeting.


September 19

  • "Effia" (pp. 1–26)
  • "Esi" (pp.27–48)

October 3

  • "Quey" (pp. 49–86)
  • "James" (pp. 87–109)

October 17

  • "Kojo" (pp. 110–131)
  • "Abena" (pp. 132–152)

October 31

  • "H" (pp. 155–175)
  • "Akua" (pp. 176–197)

November 14

  • "Willie" (pp. 198–220)
  • "Yaw" (pp. 221–241)

December 5

  • "Sonny" (pp. 242–262)
  • "Marjorie" (pp. 263–282)
  • "Marcus" (pp. 283–299)