Wayland Reads is a community-wide endeavor that strives to build community through a shared reading experience.   It happens every other year and this will be our 5th Wayland Reads.  We hope you’ll join us!  This year, we’ll read about the famous Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum heist to consider the value of art while looking at the science of forgery.  Events will take place March and April.

Selected Titles


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The Art Forger by B. A. Shapiro

Master Thieves:  The Boston Gangsters Who Pulled Off the Greatest Art Heist by Stephen Kurkjian

Moxie and the Art of Rule Breaking by Erin Dionne



**Events are currently being planned.  Please check back as information will be added when dates are confirmed.  For now, you can save these dates:

Friday, March 17 at 7 p.m.Arts Wayland Reception and Wayland Reads Kickoff

March 17 – TBD – Arts Wayland Art Show Throughout Library

Wednesday, March 22 at 7 p.m. – Author Talk with Stephen Kurkjian, author of Master Thieves

Monday, March 27 at 7 p.m.Anthony Amore, Director of Security at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum speaks on Notorious Heists, Fakes, Frauds and Forgeries of the Art World

Thursday, March 30 at 7 p.m.  – Author Talk with Erin Dionne, author of Moxie and the Art of Rule Breaking

Sunday, April 8 at 2 p.m.Discussion Panel on The Value of Art:  What Does It Mean to You?

Tuesday, April 11 at 1:30 p.m.Art History Talk with Judy Schurgin

Wednesday, May 3 at 7 p.m.Author Talk with B. A. Shapiro, author of The Art Forger

Sunday, May 7 at 10 a.m.  – Guided Tour of SoWa with Artist Nasser K

Youth Events

Wednesday, March 22 at 3 p.m.Make Your Own Masterpiece Workshop

Wednesday, March 29 at 3 p.m.Make Your Own Masterpiece Workshop

Tuesday, April 18 at 2 p.m.Artful Adventures:  Painting with the Museum of Fine Arts

Wednesday, April 26 at 3 p.m.Make Your Own Masterpiece Workshop

**Events will take place in the Raytheon Room unless otherwise noted.

Additional Materials


Stealing Rembrandts:  The Untold Story of Notorious Art Heists by Anthony M. Amore and Tom Mashberg

The Art of the Con:  The Most Notorious Fakes, Frauds and Forgeries in the Art World by Anthony M. Amore

The Art of Scandal:  The Life and Times of Isabella Stewart Gardner by Douglass Shand-Tucci


Tim’s Vermeer

The Art of the Steal


Previous Wayland Reads