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 exhibitions and books which are suitable to the themes they explore.


List of exhibitions and corresponding books for 2019

All About Shoes: Footwear Through the Ages

My Brilliant Friend – Elena Ferrante

A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth

The Shoemaker’s Wife –   Adriana Trigiani


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

The Right to be Cold – Sheila Watt Cloutier (non-fiction)

Life Among the Qallunaat – Mini Aodla Freeman (non-fiction)

Sanaaq: An Inuit Novel – Mitarjuk Nappaaluk


The Gold Standard: Glittering Footwear from Around the Globe

Fifteen Dogs – André Alexis

The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu
And Their Race to Save the World’s Most Precious Manuscripts
– Joshua Hammer (non-fiction)

The Treasure of the Sierra Madré – B. Traven


WANT: Desire, Design and Depression Era Footwear

Brave New World – Aldous Huxley

The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck

Day of the Locust – Nathaniel West


For more information or to book a time:

Contact Sheila Knox at sheila@batashoemuseum.ca or call 416 979 7799 x 228.