Great Books Discussion Group
When: 7:30 - 9:00 pm on fifteen alternate Tuesdays between Columbus Day and Memorial Day. An advanced schedule is published each fall.
Where: Beech Room, Main Library.
Reading Interests: We read primarily from anthologies that emphasize ancient and modern classics of literature, drama, philosophy, and social thought. In recent years the group has read selections from The Book of Job, Aeschylus, Plato, Maimonides, Donne, Machado de Assis, Cady Stanton, Achebe, and Flannery O'Connor; these may run from 20 to more than 100 pages. Additional books, chosen by the group, tend to be more contemporary. Those read in the last three years include Adiga's Between the Assassinations, Welty's The Golden Apples, Camus's The Plague, Mann's Death in Venice, DuBois's The Souls of Black Folk, and Hugo's Les Miserables. A Shakespeare play is read every year.
Requirements: There are only two: read the scheduled work and participate in the discussion. These requirements are waived for those attending their first meeting. Examples of the questions used to guide the discussions can be found on the group’s blog. Preregistration is not required but is encouraged, since the library will provide, in advance and at no charge, a copy of the reading for anyone planning to attend.
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For more information, contact Hugh Crane (617-349-4044; email@example.com).