CAM Book Club 2017-18

Charles Allan Winter (1869–1942), "Woman Reading," c. 1898. Oil on canvas. Museum purchase, 2015. Funds provided by Arthur Ryan. Collection of the Cape Ann Museum.

The Cape Ann Museum is offering a monthly book club for year-round residents of Cape Ann. Beginning this October and running through May, the Museum will host book club meetings in its auditorium. A Museum docent and staff member will be present to facilitate each book group discussion to allow for a flow of ideas, provide connections to the collections and history of Cape Ann, and to suggest talking points if needed. The selection of books can be seen below along with the meeting date at which it will be discussed.  2017-2018 CAM Book Club selections were chosen for their captivating subject matter, excellent scholarship and/or insight into the history of Cape Ann. All CAM members are encouraged to read along and keep an eye out for related programming and exhibits this year.

Space is limited; reservations are required and are for the day chosen (either Wednesday or Thursday) for the entirety of the October to May program. Free for CAM members only — nonmembers interested in particpating may join at capeannmuseum.org/support/membership.

Email Director of Education and Public Programs Courtney Richardson to book your spot now or call (978)283-0455 x12.


Meeting times:

Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Books marked with an * are available for sale in the Museum Shop or at your local book store.



October 18 & 19

A Storm of Witchcraft: The Salem Trials and the American Experience, by  Emerson Baker

October is the perfect time to learn more about the witch hysteria in Massachusetts (and Cape Ann!) in the 17th century.

Find more information on this title here.


November 15 & 16

*The Last Fish Tale: The Fate of the Atlantic and Survival in Gloucester, America's Oldest Fishing Port and Most Original Town, by Mark Kurlansky

Add on: The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea, by Sebastian Junger

The oldest fishing port in America, Gloucester has a proud history with the sea.

Find more information on The Last Fish Tale here.
Find more information on The Perfect Storm here.



Enjoy the holidays!


January 17 & 18

The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley, by Hannah Tinti

A fictitious Cape Ann serves as the setting for this coming-of-age novel and literary thrill ride about the price we pay to protect the people we love most.

Find more information on this title here.


 February 21 & 22

*In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex, by Nathaniel Philbrick

Philbrick’s saga of survival and adventure reminds us that whaling was a part of Cape Ann history.

Find more information on this title here.


March 21 & 22

Dogtown: Death and Enchantment in a New England Ghost Town, by Elyssa East

A college art history course assignment about American Modernist Marsden Hartley brought this author down a path of discovery in Cape Ann’s Dogtown.

Find more information on this title here.


April 18 &19

Mistress Bradstreet: The Untold Life of America’s First Poet, by Charlotte Gordon

A closer look at the first published poet, male or female, of the New World during National Poetry month.

Find more information on this title here.


May 16 & 17

The North Shore: A Social History of Summers Among the Noteworthy, Fashionable, Rich, Eccentric and Ordinary on Boston’s Gold Coast, 1823 – 1929, by Joseph Garland

Get ready for summer with the tales of America’s most civilized resort.

Find more information on this title here.



Above: Charles Allan Winter (1869–1942), Woman Reading, c. 1898. Oil on canvas. Museum purchase, 2015. Funds provided by Arthur Ryan.



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