Smart Reads

Join in the Smart Museum of Art’s virtual book club, Smart Reads! 

Smart Reads returns in 2023 with monthly gatherings and an updated format. Launched in fall 2020 with the aim of fostering care within our community during an unprecedented time of collective social anxiety and separation, Smart Reads delves into a variety of issues through small group conversations around books and essays.

FREE. To help build a community of participants, capacity is limited and advanced registration is required. 


January 25, 6–7:30 pm
The Theater and its Double by Antonin Artaud

February 22, 6–7:30 pm
Women, Race, and Class by Angela Davis

March 29, 6–7:30 pm
Prisoners of Geography by Tim Marshall

April 26, 6–7:30 pm
Home is Not a Country by Safia Elhillo

May 31, 6–7:30 pm
Minor Feelings by Cathy Park Hong

June 28, 6–7:30 pm
Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin

July 26, 6–7:30 pm
The Hidden Messages in Water by Masaru Emoto

August 30, 6–7:30 pm
We Do This 'Til We Free Us by Mariame Kaba 

September 27, 6–7:30 pm
I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez 

October 25, 6–7:30 pm
The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

November 29, 6–7:30 pm
Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer

December 6, 6–7:30 pm
Year in books recap and reflection


Previous Book selections

Feminism is for Everybody by bell hooks
May–June 2022

Bearden's Odyssey: Poets Respond to the Art of Romare Bearden
March 2022

The Lily of the Field and the Bird of the Air by Søren Kierkegaard
December 2021

On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong
October 2021

The Undercommons by Stefano Harney and Fred Moten 
June 2021

Love is the Way by Bishop Michael Curry
April 2021

The Four Agreements by don Miguel Ruiz
February 2021

All About Love by bell hooks
November 2020