An Exceptional Club for Women in Baltimore

Speaker: Arthur Houghton

November 1, 2017 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Wednesday, November 1.  Luncheon with Guest Speaker: Upstairs at noon; Lunch at 12:15.  “Dark Athena: A Novel”.  Join us to welcome back author and raconteur Arthur A. Houghton III, who will introduce the background of his recently published book on nefarious doings at a ‘fictional’ American museum. “Dark Athena” centers on the sudden and mysterious appearance at the West Coast Gabriel museum of an ancient statue that raises concerns by Jason Connor, the museum’s curator of antiquities. Jason cannot put his misgivings to rest. Without the knowledge of his director, Martin Pryce, he travels to Sicily, then Rome and London, to ferret out the statue’s background. A thrilling novel with surprises at every turn, Dark Athena explores the meaning of authenticity, the similarities between art and human behavior, and the profound question of who should own mankind’s cultural heritage.  Arthur Houghton draws on his background as curator of antiquities at the J. Paul Getty Museum and his experience in the US Foreign Service to create an intricate, informed narrative. Houghton has served on the boards of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, the Cyprus-American Archaeological Research Institute, the Corning Museum of Glass, the Baltimore Museum of Art, the American Numismatic Society, the Middle East Institute and American Near East Refugee Aid (ANERA), among others.