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Source: Martha Scott, 785-532-7718,
News release prepared by: Caitlin Muret, 785-532-7718,

Monday, March 23, 2009


MANHATTAN -- The Books at the Beach book club sessions for March at Kansas State University's Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art will feature Arturo Perez-Reverte's novel "The Painter of Battles." The selection was inspired by the museum's "The American Soldier" exhibition, on display through May 31.

The sessions will be at 11:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Thursday, March 26, at the museum. They are free and open to the public.

The main character in the novel, Andres Flaques, is an award-winning war photographer who tries to purge his memories of the war by living in a stone tower on the Spanish coast and painting a battle scene mural.

Kathrine Schlageck, senior educator at the Beach Museum of Art, will show the pieces of art that are referenced in the book. "We will look at the art and discuss how the mural might look," she said.

Desserts and coffee will be served at both sessions; participants are welcome to bring their own lunch to the 11:30 a.m. session.

For more information, call the Beach Museum of Art at 785-532-7718 or drop by the museum on the southeast corner of the K-State campus at 14th Street and Anderson Avenue. Admission is free, and complimentary visitor parking is available next to the facility. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday; and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. The museum is closed Mondays.