Poster for Metropolitan Stories – Bedford Playhouse Book Club

Metropolitan Stories – Bedford Playhouse Book Club

Run Time: 60 min. Release Year: 2021

Metropolitan Stories with author Christine Coulson
Tuesday, May 11 at 7pm

Join us for a Virtual discussion with Elisabeth Weed and Christine Coulson. An email with a Zoom link with be sent to you prior to the event.

About Metropolitan Stories:

Hidden behind the Picassos and Vermeers, the Temple of Dendur and the American Wing, exists another world: the hallways and offices, conservation studios, storerooms, and cafeteria that are home to the museum’s devoted and peculiar staff of 2,200 people—along with a few ghosts.

A surreal love letter to this private side of the Met, Metropolitan Stories unfolds in a series of amusing and poignant vignettes in which we discover larger-than-life characters, the downside of survival, and the powerful voices of the art itself. The result is a novel bursting with magic, humor, and energetic detail, but also a beautiful book about introspection, an ode to lives lived for art, ultimately building a powerful collage of human experience and the world of the imagination.

“Coulson worked at the Met for 25 years…Now, she is writing in her own voice—and sometimes, in the voice of the artworks themselves. Her debut novel, Metropolitan Stories, goes behind the scenes at the museum. It’s a series of loosely connected stories about the people and objects that fill the galleries.”
—NPR, “All Things Considered”


About the Author:

Christine Coulson began her career at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1991 as a summer intern in the European Paintings Department. She returned in 1994 and, over the next 25 years, rose through the ranks of the Museum, working in the Development Office, the Director’s Office, and the Department of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts.

In 2017, Coulson was given a yearlong sabbatical from the Met to write her first novel, Metropolitan Stories, after she published this personal essay in The New York Times.

She left the Met in April 2019 to write full-time.