Members Book Club



This program takes place virtually

Booking required

$20 M / $25 G

General enquiries

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9am–5pm, daily

Explore connections between literature and art in our Members Book Club where we meet virtually to discuss classic and contemporary books.

Each Book Club connects an NGV exhibition with a complementary book and a conversation facilitated by Maggie Burgess. Members participating in the Virtual Book Club will be required to source a copy of the book.

Wed 30 Sep, 12–1pm
The Makioka Sisters by Jun'ichirō Tanizaki

In Osaka in the years immediately before World War II, four aristocratic women try to preserve a way of life that is vanishing. As told by Junichiro Tanizaki, the story of the Makioka sisters forms what is arguably the greatest Japanese novel of the twentieth century, a poignant yet unsparing portrait of a family – and an entire society – sliding into the abyss of modernity.

View the Japanese Modernism Virtual Exhibition and an Exhibition Tour by NGV Asian Art curators before the book club.

Venue Online via Webex

Wed 28 Oct, 12–1pm
The Yield by Tara June Winch

Knowing that he will soon die, Albert ‘Poppy’ Gondiwindi takes pen to paper. His life has been spent on the banks of the Murrumby River at Prosperous House, on Massacre Plains. Albert is determined to pass on the language of his people and everything that was ever remembered. He finds the words on the wind.

August Gondiwindi has been living on the other side of the world for ten years when she learns of her grandfather’s death. She returns home for his burial, wracked with grief and burdened with all she tried to leave behind. Her homecoming is bittersweet as she confronts the love of her kin and news that Prosperous is to be repossessed by a mining company. Determined to make amends she endeavours to save their land – a quest that leads her to the voice of her grandfather and into the past, the stories of her people, the secrets of the river.

Profoundly moving and exquisitely written, Tara June Winch’s The Yield is the story of a people and a culture dispossessed. But it is as much a celebration of what was and what endures, and a powerful reclaiming of Indigenous language, storytelling and identity.

Learn more about DESTINY before the book club.

Venue Online via Webex

Wed 25 Nov, 12–1pm
The White Girl by Tony Birch

Odette Brown has lived her whole life on the fringes of a small country town. After her daughter disappeared and left her with her granddaughter Sissy to raise on her own, Odette has managed to stay under the radar of the welfare authorities who are removing fair-skinned Aboriginal children from their families. When a new policeman arrives in town, determined to enforce the law, Odette must risk everything to save Sissy and protect everything she loves.

In The White Girl, Miles-Franklin-shortlisted author Tony Birch shines a spotlight on the 1960s and the devastating government policy of taking Indigenous children from their families.

Learn more about TIWI before the book club.

Venue Online via Webex

Members Japanese Modernism DESTINY TIWI Virtual