The Muse by Jessie Burton (Pan Macmillan) has been chosen as the book for Cityread London 2018. The title will be the centre of a month-long celebration of reading in the capital, starting on 30 April and running throughout May. Cityread is a huge city-wide book group which aims to help Londoners explore and celebrate their city through its stories.
The Muse opens in London 1967, where we meet Odelle Bastien, recently arrived from Trinidad and trying to make her way in a new country. A new job at the Skelton Institute of Art brings a mysterious painting, and even more enigmatic colleague, into her life. We are then transported to Spain, 1936, and meet Olive Schloss, and we begin to discover how the painting came into being, against the turbulent backdrop of Spain on the eve of civil war.
Taking Burton’s depictions of 1960s London and 1930s Spain as a starting point, a programme of events exploring The Muse’s themes of arrival, the creative process, art history and family secrets will take place in Brent Libraries (and indeed across London!) throughout May. Highlights will include:
- A life drawing art workshop on Tuesday 8 May
- A Spanish cookery class on Thursday 10 May
- A history talk about the Moors of Spain on Wednesday 16 May
- An art history talk, Guernica and beyond, looking at the art of the Spanish Civil War on Tuesday 22 May
We will also be holding a competition for the best book review of The Muse with some exciting themed prizes!
For full details of our events look out for our special brochures, keep an eye on our online events lists or email firstname.lastname@example.org
“I’m truly delighted that The Muse will be London’s Cityread for 2018. It’s a novel that celebrates the diversity, humour and spirit of Londoners – both those who were born here and those welcomed in to make it their home. It’s an honour to support our city’s libraries and to be reminded of their incomparable value, and I can’t wait for new readers to find my story of Odelle and Olive, and make it their own.”
Further details of all Cityread London activity can be found at the website:
www.cityread.london and at Facebook/CityreadLondon