Reading Season at the Dixon

Reading Season at the Dixon

When fall appears in the Mid-south and our six months of summer are finally over, my fancy often turns to thoughts of reading outdoors. Although reading season is year-round for me, reading outside in the Memphis autumn has a specific charm, especially in the Dixon Gardens. Leaves begin to turn a beautiful red, gold, and brown, and the air becomes deliciously cool. 20Tweleve at the Dixon always carries the latest exhibition catalogues and beautiful art books, and our education and curatorial departments ingeniously incorporate just the right books to go along with each new exhibition in the galleries. In addition, the advent of Little Free Library in the gardens a few years ago has made the Dixon even more of a reading destination. 

A carefully curated collection by a close friend of the Dixon—of which even Walter Benjamin himself would be proud—our Little Free Library boasts books of all kinds including adult and children’s fiction, non-fiction, and classics.

Little Free Libraries are a worldwide phenomenon with the motto, “Take a book, leave a book.” Their aim is to spread enjoyment and encourage reading wherever these libraries are found. There is nothing to return,  and if you have an extra book on hand, leave it for someone else. As the stamp inside many of the Dixon little free library books states, they are, “always a gift, never for sale.”

So my advice is simple. Come to the Dixon to enjoy the change of seasons in Memphis. Become a member or visit during free Saturday mornings or whenever you happen to be free. Come first to see the beautiful new exhibitions, Isabelle de Borchgrave: Fashioning Art From Paper on view October 15, 2017 – January 7, 2018 along with Justin Bowles: Boukay, but also save some time to get a coffee and a treat from Park and Cherry and savor a good read in the dappled shade of the lovely Dixon Gardens.  - Jenny M. Duggan Jackson, Visitor Engagement/Manager on Duty


Join the Dixon Book Club! It meets every third Thursday, 6:00-7:30pm, in the Leatherman Art Studio. Free with admission. Selections will include up-and-coming authors, as well as old favorites. The Dixon will have three copies of the selected books available to loan; please email lschmidt@dixon.org to request a copy. Free with admission.

October  19: Brunelleschi's Dome by Ross King                                                                                                          November 16: The Glass of Fashion by Cecil Beaton                                                                                                  December 21: Oil and Marble by Stephanie Storey       

Posted by Chantal Drake at 9:19 AM
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