Elliott Bay Book Group

Join this lively monthly discussion group that focuses on discovering the wealth of published fiction and non-fiction. Readers are invited to join as a regular monthly participant or to drop in for any of the featured titles as time and interest allow.

The Forger's Spell: A True Story of Vermeer, Nazis, and the Greatest Art Hoax of the Twentieth Century Cover Image
ISBN: 9780060825423
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Published: Harper Perennial - June 16th, 2009

February 2019

The Forager's Spell


As riveting as a World War II thriller, The Forger's Spell is the true story of three men and an extraordinary deception: the revered artist Johannes Vermeer; the small-time Dutch painter who dared to impersonate him years later; and the con man's mark, Hermann Goering, the fanatical art collector and one of Nazi Germany's most reviled leaders.

Tuesday, February 5th at 6:30 PM

Memento Mori Cover Image
ISBN: 9780811223041
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - May 27th, 2014

March 2019

Memento Mori


In late 1950s London, something uncanny besets a group of elderly friends: an insinuating voice on the telephone reminds each: Remember you must die. Their geriatric feathers are soon thoroughly ruffled, and many an old unsavory secret is dusted off.

Tuesday, March 5th at 6:30 PM

In the Café of Lost Youth Cover Image
By Patrick Modiano, Chris Clarke (Translated by)
ISBN: 9781590179536
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Published: NYRB Classics - March 8th, 2016

April 2019

In the Café of Lost Youth 


In the Café of Lost Youth is vintage Patrick Modiano, an absorbing evocation of a particular Paris of the 1950s, shadowy and shady, a secret world of writers, criminals, drinkers, and drifters. The novel, inspired in part by the circle (depicted in the photographs of Ed van der Elsken) of the notorious and charismatic Guy Debord, centers on the enigmatic, waiflike figure of Louki, who catches everyone's attention even as she eludes possession or comprehension. Through the eyes of four very different narrators, including Louki herself, we contemplate her character and her fate, while Modiano explores the themes of identity, memory, time, and forgetting that are at the heart of his spellbinding and deeply moving art.

Tuesday, April 2nd at 6:30 PM

At the Strangers' Gate: Arrivals in New York Cover Image
ISBN: 9781400075744
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Published: Vintage - July 31st, 2018

May 2019

At the Strangers' Gate: Arrivals in New York 


When Adam Gopnik and his soon-to-be-wife, Martha, first arrived in 1980, New York City was a pilgrimage site for the young, the arty, and the ambitious. But it was also becoming a place where both life's consolations and its necessities were increasingly going to the highest bidder. At the Strangers' Gate is a vivid portrait of this time, told through the story of one couple's journey--from their excited arrival as aspiring artists to their eventual growth into a New York family. Through a series of comic mini-anthropologies that capture the fashion, publishing, and art worlds of the era, Adam Gopnik transports us from his tiny basement room on the Upper East Side to a SoHo loft, from his time as a graduate student-cum-library-clerk to the galleries of MoMA. Filled with tender and humorous reminiscences--including affectionate reflections on Richard Avedon, Robert Hughes, and Jeff Koons, among many others-- At the Strangers' Gate is an ode to New York striving.

Tuesday, May 7th at 6:30 PM

M Train Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101910160
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Published: Vintage - August 23rd, 2016

June 2019

M Train 


From the National Book Award–winning author of Just Kids: an unforgettable odyssey of a legendary artist, told through the prism of the cafés and haunts she has worked in around the world. It is a book Patti Smith has described as “a roadmap to my life.”

Tuesday, June 4th at 6:30 PM