Art Access Book Group

Program founded in 2012

The Art Access Book Group has investigated how and why people with disabilities, and other underrepresented populations, have been depicted in literary texts and considers the historical, social, and cultural impact of these depictions.Selected texts coincide with annual themes explored in other Art Access programs.

The Art Access Book Group meets at Art Access, 230 South 500 West, Suite 110. Sessions are FREE and open to the public, but are limited to 16 registered participants in each session. The group is facilitated by Nkenna Onwuzuruoha, literary consultant for Art Access.

A few copies of each book are available from Art Access and may be borrowed for a limited time.* Personal copies also maybe purchased by participants or borrowed from local libraries. If you have questions about accessing texts, please contact Elise Butterfield at .

Upcoming sessions!


The Shadow of the Hummingbird by Athol Fugard
April 22, 2017
10:00 – 11:30 am

Legendary theatre artist Athol Fugard returns to the stage for the first time in fifteen years in this, his latest work. The Shadow of the Hummingbird tells the story of an ailing man in his eighties and the afternoon spent with his ten year-old grandson. In a charming meditation on the beauty and transience of the world around us, Fugard continues to mine the depths of the human spirit with profound empathy and heart. - from Goodreads


Things I Should Have Told My Daughter by Pearl Cleage
things i should have told my daughter 9781451664690 hrMay 13, 2017
10 - 11:30 a.m.

In this inspiring memoir, the award-winning playwright and bestselling author of What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day reminisces on the art of juggling marriage, motherhood, and politics while working to become a successful writer. In addition to being one of the most popular living playwrights in America, Pearl Cleage is a bestselling author with an Oprah Book Club pick and multiple awards to her credit, but there was a time when such stellar success seemed like a dream. In this revelatory and deeply personal work, Cleage takes readers back to the 1970s and ’80s, retracing her struggles to hone her craft amid personal and professional tumult. - from Goodreads


Meet Nkenna Onwuzuruoha, Art Access' Literary Consultant

Born in New Orleans to two Nigerian parents and raised in Marietta, Georgia, Nkenna is a first-generation American. She received her Bachelors in French and Comparative Literature at the University of Chicago and went on to receive a Masters in European Literatures from the University of Bristol (UK). She has lived in Salt Lake City since 2011 and currently teaches at Salt Lake Community College and Westminster College as an adjunct instructor. In addition to working for these two institutions, Nkenna is also the outreach coordinator for Write Here—South Salt Lake’s community-based writing center. Outside of work and reading groups, Nkenna enjoys cycling around town with friends, traveling, and attending community-oriented events. 

Learn more about Nkenna HERE

Past Book Discussion Guides

The Interpreter of Manaladies by Jhumpa Lahiri on September 24, 2016 pdfCLICK HERE FOR THE DISCUSSION GUIDE

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on October 26, 2016 pdfCLICK HERE FOR THE DISCUSSION GUIDE

Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley on March 16, 2016 pdfCLICK HERE FOR THE DISCUSSION GUIDE PDF

Soldier Girls: The Battle of Three Women at Home and at War by Helen Thorpe on September 30, 2015 pdfCLICK HERE FOR THE DISCUSSION GUIDE PDF

Rule Number Two: Lessons I Learned in a Combat Hospital, by Heidi Squier Kraft on October 24, 2015 pdfCLICK HERE FOR THE DISCUSSION GUIDE PDF

Now I See You: A Memoir by Nicole Kear on April 29, 2015*  pdfCLICK HERE FOR THE DISCUSSION GUIDE PDF

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr on April 1, 2015*  pdfCLICK HERE FOR DISCUSSION GUIDE PDF

The Hottentot Venus by Barbara Chase-Riboud on October 22, 2014  pdfCLICK HERE FOR DISCUSSION GUIDE PDF

What is Visible by Kimberly Elkins on September 28, 2014   pdfCLICK HERE FOR DISCUSSION GUIDE PDF

The Free by Willy Vlautin on March 26, 2014   pdfCLICK HERE FOR DISCUSSION GUIDE PDF

My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor on February 26, 2014   pdfCLICK HERE FOR DISCUSSION GUIDE PDF

Motherlunge by Kirstin Scott on October 16th and 30, 2013  pdfCLICK HERE FOR DISCUSSION GUIDE PDF

The World's Strongest Librarian by Josh Hanagarne on ...   pdfCLICK HERE FOR DISCUSSION GUIDE PDF

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby on ...   pdfCLICK HERE FOR DISCUSSION GUIDE PDF

Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy on January 30 & February 6, 2013   pdfCLICK HERE FOR DISCUSSION GUIDE PDF

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee on September 26 & October 3, 2012   pdfCLICK HERE FOR DISCUSSION GUIDE PDF

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte on Wednesday, April 25, 2012   pdfCLICK HERE FOR DISCUSSION GUIDE PDF

This program is made possible through funding from Utah Humanities. Utah Humanities enriches our cultural, intellectual, and civic life by providing opportunities for all Utahns to explore life's most engaging questions and the wonders of the human experience.

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The annual Utah Humanities Book Festival. is a gift to the community, allowing us to explore all sorts of ideas by interacting with great writers. This year, there are locations all over the state hosting over 100 book festival activities throughout September & October, which is National Book Month. The complete program is available atwww.utahhumanities.orgOur thanks to the Book Festival's major sponsors: the George S and Dolores Dore Eccles Foundation, the R. Harold Burton Foundation, Chevron, the Salt Lake City Public Library, Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts & Parks Fund, the Utah Office of Tourism, as well as the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Art Access is grateful to the following partners and funders for their generous support of this program: Lawrence T. Dee & Janet T. Dee Foundation, Jarvis & Constance Doctorow Family Foundation, George S. & Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation, Henry W. & Leslie M. Eskuche Charitable Foundation, McCarthey Family Foundation, Salt Lake City Arts Council, Salt Lake County ZAP, US Bancorp Foundation, Utah Division of Arts & Museums, and Utah Humanities.

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Our 300 Plates Fundraiser and Exhibition takes place the third Thursday in May each year.