Looking for your next great read?

We’ll pick the book. We’ll even supply the expert. You just come curious.

CMC’s new book club pairs trending bits of local history and timely topics from within the museums with authors and experts who will help you read the context and anecdotes between the lines.

Upcoming Literary Events

House of the Waterlily: A Novel of the Ancient Maya World
November 12, 2020

Set in the Maya civilization’s Late Classic Period House of the Waterlily: A Novel of the Ancient Maya World is a historical novel centered on Lady Winik, a young Maya royal. Through tribulations that mirror the political calamities of the Late Classic world, Winik’s personal story immerses the reader not only in her daily life, but also in the difficult decisions Maya men and women must have faced as they tried to navigate a rapidly changing world. Kelli Carmean’s novel brings to life a people and an era remote from our own, yet recognizably human all the same.

Kelli Carmean holds a doctorate in Anthropology from the University of Pittsburgh and teaches at Eastern Kentucky University. She wrote her dissertation on the household architecture in the residential area of Sayil, a major Maya site in the Yucatan Peninsula.

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Upcoming Literary Events

House of the Waterlily: A Novel of the Ancient Maya World
Thursday, April 30, 2020

The Late Classic Period of the Maya civilization was characterized by tumultuous change. Political calamities and warring rival tribes upended daily life. House of the Waterlily: A Novel of the Ancient Maya World is a novel of historic fiction through the eyes of Lady Winik, a young Maya royal and brings to life a people and an era remote from our own, yet recognizably human all the same.

Join author Dr. Kelli Carmean, professor of archaeology at Eastern Kentucky University and specializes in early Mesoamerican and North American civilizations, as she discusses the research and realities that shaped her novel.

A drink tasting with complimentary appetizers will take place before the book discussion.

Learn more about the Maya civilization in our featured exhibition Maya: The Exhibition, open through September 7, 2020.

House of the Waterlily: A Novel of the Ancient Maya World

6:30 p.m. Reception/Tequila tasting with complimentary appetizers
7:30 p.m. Lecture

Drink tasting and lecture (includes drinks and appetizers)

Member: $25
Non-Member: $30
Lecture only: $5

Parking: $4 after 4:30 p.m.; free for Members

This is a 21+ event. IDs will be checked at check-in.