KMA Book Club Discussing “Luncheon of the Boating Party”

KMA Book Club Discussing “Luncheon of the Boating Party”

Join us to discuss Luncheon of the Boating Party by Susan Vreeland. The KMA Book Club meets every 4 months to review an inspiring piece of literature that relates our lives to artists, history, and culture! Contact Margo Clark,, for details.

Free and open to the public!



With her richly textured novels, Susan Vreeland has offered pioneering portraits of artists’ lives. As she did in Girl in Hyacinth Blue, Vreeland focuses on a single painting, Auguste Renoir’s instantly recognizable masterpiece, which depicts a gathering of Renoir’s real friends enjoying a summer Sunday on a café terrace along the Seine. Narrated by Renoir and seven of the models, the novel illuminates the gusto, hedonism, and art of the era. With a gorgeous palette of vibrant, captivating characters, Vreeland paints their lives, loves, losses, and triumphs so vividly that “the painting literally comes alive” (The Boston Globe).

“A vivid exploration of one of the most beloved Renoir paintings in the world, done with a flourish worthy of Renoir himself.” (USA Today)


This project is supported in part by federal award number 21.027 awarded to Knox County by the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Arts & Culture Alliance, and by the federal award number SLFRP5534 awarded to the State of Tennessee by the U.S. Department of Treasury.

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