If your established book club is looking for a new experience, consider holding one of your meetings at the Bata Shoe Museum. Your group will also receive a guided tour about the time period or themes that are relevant to your book.

Pick from a list of suggested titles (or suggest your own that you feel will fit with one of our exhibitions) and we’ll work with you to plan a daytime or evening meeting at the Museum for your book club.

Your book club’s session will last for 2 hours and includes the use of a private room for your book discussion followed by a half-hour tour in the relevant exhibition. The guide will be familiar with the book and will be able to make specific references to it during the tour. The cost is $20 per person for a maximum of 20 people.

For more information or to book a time, contact Sheila Knox, Head of Education at sheila@batashoemuseum.ca or call 416-979-7799 x 228.

See below for a list of 2020 exhibitions and books which are suitable to the themes they explore.

2020 BSM BOOKCLUB ~ List of exhibitions and corresponding books 

All About Shoes: Footwear Through the Ages

The Sound of Summer Running – Ray Bradbury

Little – Edward Carey

The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas

The Emperor of Shoes – Spencer Wise

Art and Innovation: Traditional Arctic Footwear from the Bata Shoe Museum Collection

The Wolf in the Whale – Jordanna Max Brodsky

An African in Greenland Tété-Michel Kpomassie

Sanaaq: An Inuit Novel – Mitarjuk Nappaaluk (11 loan copies available)

Split Tooth – Tanya Tagak

The Gold Standard: Glittering Footwear from Around the Globe

The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu – and the race to save the world’s most precious manuscripts – Joshua Hammer (non-fiction)

Cup of Gold – John Steinbeck

Mansa Musa and the Empire of Mali: A True Story of Gold and Greatness from Africa – P. James Oliver (non-fiction)

The Gold Eaters – Ronald Wright

WANT: Desire, Design and Depression Era Footwear

Brave New World – Aldous Huxley

Sold on a Monday – Krisina McMorris

This Tender Land – William Kent Krueger

Rules of Civility – Amor Towles