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Alliance Gallery Book Club to take up Patti Smith's 'Just Kids'

The Alliance for the Arts is the state-designated arts agency for Lee County.
The Alliance for the Arts is the state-designated arts agency for Lee County.
Courtesy of Lee County Alliance for the Arts

The Alliance for the Arts’ monthly Member Gallery Book Club continues from 7-9 p.m. on Tuesday, February 18 with a discussion of Just Kids by Patti Smith.

In Smith’s first book of prose, the legendary American artist offers a never-before-seen glimpse of her remarkable relationship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe in the epochal days of New York City and the Chelsea Hotel in the late sixties and seventies. An honest and moving story of youth and friendship, Smith brings the same unique, lyrical quality to Just Kids as she has to the rest of her formidable body of work—from her influential 1975 album Horses to her visual art and poetry.

The Member Gallery Book Club meets from 7-9 p.m. on the third Tuesday of every month. The Club explores literature centered on artists, art history and art appreciation. Club members must purchase their own copy of each book. Pre-registration is encouraged, but all that’s needed is an active Alliance membership. The Club continues on Tuesday, March 18 with a discussion of The Hare with Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance by Edmund de Waal. The April title is Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier.

Alliance individual memberships are $50 per year. Families can join for $75 per year, and college students can become a member for just $15. Membership benefits include 20% discounts on all classes and workshops, a wide variety of FREE class Try It sessions, discounts on theatre tickets and youth camps, special exhibition opportunities and the satisfaction of knowing you are supporting a vibrant community of artists and art enthusiasts here in Southwest Florida. Please visit or call 239-939-2787 to become a member today.