March 11 Visualizing Literature
Book Club for Art Lovers
10:30 am - noon

Visualizing Literature: Book Club for Art Lovers
explores connections between the literary and visual arts through moderated book discussions and guided gallery tours led by experienced Joslyn docents. All book discussions begin in the Museum's Omaha Steaks Conference Room and conclude in the galleries where participants discover thematic links between the selected book and Joslyn's rich works of art on display. In addition to special guests from The Nebraska Medical Center's Health and Wellness Club, everyone is welcome to participate in this stimulating program.

This program is scheduled in conjunction with the ticketed exhibition Poseidon and the Sea. All Visualizing Literature participants are asked to check-in at the Admissions Desk to obtain an exhibition ticket. A charge of $5 will apply to general public adult participants to this program. Joslyn Members, Nebraska Medical Center Health and Wellness Club Members, and college students are admitted free of charge.

The King Must Die by Mary Renault

The King Must Die
, the best of Mary Renault's novels of ancient Greece, tells the story of Theseus, slayer of monsters, abductor of princesses, and king of Athens.

Theseus springs forward from the first page as a boy of reckless courage and pride whose belief that he is the son of the god Poseidon is coupled with an intuition of coming earthquakes. When his parentage is revealed to be human, Theseus sets off to find his true father—and Renault, with her extensive research and exquisite talent, takes us deep into spirituality of ancient Greece. “The King Must Die” references the divinely-ordained duties of Bronze Age kings and the concept that a king might be called at any time to lay down his life for his people, or else lose his right to rule.

"One of the truly fine historical novels of modern times. Not since Robert Graves's I Claudius has there been such an exciting living image of the Ancient World on this grand scale"
- New York Times

"Takes the raw material of myth and makes it credible- I am spellbound by Miss Renault's art"
- Observer

"Vivid and convincing... it brims with feeling"
- Sunday Times

Can't come during the day? A Late 'til 8 encore presentation of Visualizing Literature is scheduled on Thursday, March 13 at 6:00 pm.

Join us again in May when we explore the humorous Sacré Bleu: A Comedy d'Art by Christopher Moore.

Presented in partnership with The Nebraska Medical Center's Health and Wellness Club, Visualizing Literature is open to anyone interested in art and literature. Book discussions are free to Joslyn Members and members of The Nebraska Medical Center's Health and Wellness Club. No reservations are required. Books may be available for purchase in Joslyn's Hitchcock Museum Shop. For details, please contact Joslyn's Director of Adult Programs at (402) 661.3862 or

Check back soon for information about our fall 2014 Book Club selections. As always, books may be purchased from Joslyn's Hitchcock Museum Shop.