Christine Coulson, Metropolitan Stories (University Club Event)

The University Club welcomes Christine Coulson for a luncheon event to discuss her new book, Metropolitan Stories. Call the Book Stall for reservations (847-446-8880) or to order a signed copy of the book.  The University Club has a business casual dress code; no denim please. 

From a writer who worked at the Metropolitan Museum for more than 25 years comes an enchanting novel that shows us the Met that the public doesn't see. This novel unfolds in a series of amusing and poignant vignettes in which readers discover larger-than-life characters, the downside of survival, and the powerful voices of the art itself.

Christine Coulson began her career at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1991 as a summer intern in the European Paintings Department. She returned in 1994 and, over the next 25 years, rose through the ranks of the Museum, working in the Development Office, the Director's Office, and the Department of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts. In 2019 she left the Met to write full-time.

"[A] sly, whimsical debut...Those who think they know [the Met] will be beguiled by the look behind the scenes; those unfamiliar with it will be prompted to make its acquaintance." -- Publishers Weekly

"In this series of loosely linked surreal vignettes, Coulson takes us on a tour of the hidden world that tourists never alternative guidebook to [the Met's] rich treasures." -- Kirkus Reviews

"Written with elegance, wit, and a flair for comic genius, Metropolitan Stories describes the museum world as it is and as it strives to be. Coulson is a brilliant narrator of the fantastical and the all-too-plausible excesses of curators and museum directors. Her infectious sense of fun, her steady flow of insights into the human heart and its foibles, her wanton but beady-eyed attention to blind ambition, her passion for art itself, and most of all her deep sense of human character make this not only a delightful book, but also a deeply rewarding one. It marks the emergence of a major new talent." --Andrew Solomon, author of The Noonday Demon and Far from the Tree

"Only someone who deeply loves and understands the Metropolitan Museum could deliver such madcap, funny, magical, tender, intimate fables and stories. We are swept away in the museum. Beauty abounds. Yearning too. The art literally comes to life. And it makes perfect sense." --Maira Kalman, author of The Principles of Uncertainty


Event date: 

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - 12:00pm

Event address: 

University Club of Chicago
76 E. Monroe St.
Metropolitan Stories: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781590510582
Availability: On Our Shelves Now--Subject to Availability
Published: Other Press - October 8th, 2019

“Only someone who deeply loves and understands the Metropolitan Museum could deliver such madcap, funny, magical, tender, intimate fables and stories.” —Maira Kalman, artist and bestselling author of The Principles of Uncertainty