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Palladium Bookies

Come join the conversation with the Center for the Performing Arts' book club.


The Palladium Bookies meet every other month to discuss books about the performing arts or related to upcoming performances. Social time is followed by breakout sessions for in-depth discussion.


Next sessions:


For additional information, and to RSVP, please e-mail



Previous reads:

  • August 2023: "Run Rose Run" by Dolly Parton and James Patterson
  • April 2023: "Nina Simone's Gum" by Warren Ellis
  • February 2023: "Coal Miner's Daughter" by Loretta Lynn
  • December 2022: "Stories Behind the Best-Loved Songs of Christmas" by Ace Collins
  • October 2022: "The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side" by Agatha Christie
  • August 2022: "Vivaldi's Virgins" by Barbara Quick
  • June 2022: "Nocturnes: Five Stories of Music and Nightfall" by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • April 2022: "Interior Chinatown" by Charles Yu
  • February 2022: "The Boys: A Memoir of Hollywood and Family" by Ron Howard & Clint Howard
  • December 2021: "Mr. Dickens and His Carol" by Samantha Silva
  • October 2021: "The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love" by Oscar Hijuelos
  • August 2021: "Reservation Blues" by Sherman Alexie
  • June 2021: "The Music Shop" by Rachel Joyce
  • April 2021: "The Answer Is ... Reflections on My Life" by Alex Trebek
  • February 2021: "The Woman in the Moonlight" by Patricia Morrisroe
  • December 2020: "The Circus in Winter" by Cathy Day
  • October 2020: "The Ride of a Lifetime: Lessons Learned from 15 years as CEO of The Walt Disney Co." by Robert Iger
  • August 2020: "The Piano Shop on the Left Bank" by Thad Carhart
  • June 2020: "Finding Dorothy" by Elizabeth Letts
  • April 2020: “Calypso” by David Sedaris
  • January 2020: "The Only Woman in the Room" by Marie Benedict
  • October 2019: "Juliet, Naked" by Nick Hornby
  • August 2019: "The Cellist of Sarajevo" by Steven Galloway
  • June 2019: "Jim Henson: The Biography" by Brian Jay Jones
  • April 2019: "The Book Club Play" by Karen Zacarías
  • February 2019: “Razzle Dazzle: The Battle for Broadway” by Michael Riedel
  • October 2018: “Silent Night: The Story of the WWI Christmas Truce” by Stanley Weintraub
  • August 2018: "The Jazz Palace" by Mary Morris
  • June 2018: "Playing with Fire" by Tess Gerritsen
  • April 2018: “Miss D and Me: Life with the Invincible Bette Davis” by Kathryn Sermak
  • February 2018: “Taking Flight: from War Orphan to Star Ballerina” by Michaela Deprince
  • October 2017: "Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain" by Oliver Sacks
  • August 2017: "A Kim Jong-Il Production: The Extraordinary True Story of a Kidnapped Filmmaker, His Star Actress, and a Young Dictator's Rise to Power” by Paul Fischer
  • June 2017: "Born Standing Up: A Comic’s Life” by Steve Martin
  • April 2017: "Shakespeare Saved My Life: Ten Years in Solitary with the Bard," by Laura Bates
  • February 2017: "Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress" by Dai Sijie
  • November 2016: “The Beat of My Own Drum: A Memoir by Sheila E."
  • October 2016: “Sam Phillips: The Man who Invented Rock ‘n Roll” by Peter Guralnick
  • September 2016: “3 Jews Walk into a Shopping Center” by Elizabeth Taylor Kraft 
  • July 2016: “Cole Porter” by William McBrien
  • June 2016: "RESPECT: The Life of Aretha Franklin" by David Ritz
  • May 2016: "Lust for Life" by Irving Stone.
  • April 2016: "The Daughters: A Novel" by Adrienne Celt.
  • March 2016: "The Soloist" by Mark Salzman. 
  • February 2016: "boys in the trees" by Carly Simon 
  • January 2016: "The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto" by Mitch Albom 
  • November 2015: "Beethoven's Hair: An Extraordinary Historical Odyssey and a Musical Mystery Solved" by Russel Martin.
  • October 2015: "Life in Motion; an Unlikely Ballerina" by Misty Copeland."
  • September 2015: "Liszt's Kiss" by Suzanne Dunlap
  • August 2015: "Fly a Little Higher: How God Answered a Mom's Prayer in a Big Way" by Laura Sobiech
  • July 2015: "The Luncheon of the Boating Party" by Susan Vreeland
  • June 2015: "Just Kids from the Bronx" by Arlene Alda 
  • May 2015: "The Choir" by Joanna Trollope
  • April 2015: " Music & Silence " by Rose Tremain
  • March 2015: "The Kiss " by Scott Blumenthal 
  • February 2015: "The Stonecutter’s Aria" by Carol Faenzi
  • December 2014: "Moving to Higher Ground: How Jazz Can Change Your Life" by Wynton Marsalis & Geoffrey Ward.
  • November 2014: "Life is a Gift: The Zen of Bennett" by Tony Bennett
  • October 2014: "A View from a Broad" by Bette Midler
  • September 2014: "An Equal Music" by Vikram Seth
  • August 2014: "Yesterday’s Mashed Potatoes" by Patricia Wilson
  • July 2014: "Drama High" by Michael Sokolove
  • June 2014: "The Music of Silence" by Andrea Bocelli
  • May 2014: " Simple Dreams: A Musical Memoir" by Linda Ronstadt
  • April 2014: "The Madonnas of Leningrad" by Debra Dean
  • March 2014: "Mao’s Last Dancer" by Li Cunxin
  • February 2014: "The Gershwins & Me" by Michael Feinstein
  • January 2014: "The Tooth Tattoo" by Peter Lovesey
  • December 2013: "Bel Canto" by Ann Patchett
  • November 2013: "Sleeping with Schubert" by Bonnie Marson
  • October 2013: "Rita Moreno: A Memoir" by Rita Moreno
  • September 2013: "Journey of a Thousand Miles: My Story" by Lang Lang
  • August 2013: "Nocturnes" by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • July 2013: "La’s Orchestra Saves the World" by Alexander McCall Smith
  • June 2013: "The Song is You" by Arthur Phillips
  • May 2013: "The Painted Girls" by Cathy Marie Buchanan
  • April 2013: "The Spanish Bow" by Andromeda Romano-Lax
  • March 2013: "The City of Falling Angels" by John Berendt