If you missed one of these Wayland Reads 2017 events, watch the recording by WayCAM!

Author Stephen Kurkjian

Author Erin Dionne

Anthony Amore, author and Director of Security at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Judy Shurgin’s presentation on Isabella Stewart Gardner and her art


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


For a full list of events with details, click here.  


Friday, March 17 at 7 p.m-9 p.m. – Kick-off Event and Arts Wayland Artist Reception

March 17 – March 25Hidden in Plain Sight, an Arts Wayland Art Show

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

Tuesday, April 4 at 2 p.m.Book Discussion of Master Thieves

Friday, April 7 at 1 p.m.Movie Showing:  Thomas Crowne Affair

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

Thursday, April 13 at 1:30 p.m.Documentary Showing:  Mystery of a Masterpiece

Thursday, April 20 at 7 p.m.Book Discussion of The Art Forger

Tuesday, April 25 at 7 p.m.“The Art of Deception” with Skinner Auctioneer, Robin Starr

Tuesday, May 2 at 1:30 p.m.Art History Talk with Judy Schurgin (NOTE:  Date changed.)

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

Monday, March 20 at 4 p.m. Art Workshop with Artist Margie Krakauer

Tuesday, March 21 at 7 p.mAuthor Talk with Erin Dionne, author of Moxie and the Art of Rule Breaking

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

Thursday, April 27 at 7 p.m. – Book Discussion of Moxie and the Art of Rule Breaking

Suggested Further Reading & Viewing

Thirteen Works:  Explore the Gardner’s Stolen Works – A website created by the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

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

Previous Wayland Reads