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Great Books Discussion Group

The Great Books Discussion Group

meets at the Keene Public Library
September through May

(sponsored by the Friends of the Keene Public Library)

Welcome to the 27th year of our local Great Books discussion group!

blue bullet The group meets at the Keene Public Library (60 Winter Street), which is accessible by elevator or stairway.

blue bullet Meetings are on Thursdays, starting at 7:00 pm and usually end about 8:30-8:45.   

Is NOT:     ... teaching    
                ... lecturing          
                ... imparting facts         
                ... forcing consensus        
                ... accepting authority      
But IS:     ... exploring
               ... questioning
               ... examing ideas
               ... inviting participation
               ... honoring diverse opinion

blue bullet At last spring's potluck supper (our annual end-of-the-year get-together), we voted to use the anthology Short Story Omnibus for our 2013-2014 meetings.

blue bullet One copy of Short Story Omnibus will be available for checkout from the Keene Public Library. Many of the selections are also available online and in other anthologies.

blue bullet The Short Story Omnibus can also be ordered from The Great Books Foundation (order number ADU-BUS). The cost is $32.95. To order, call 1-800-222-5870 ext.2 (weekdays, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Central Time) and charge to your credit card. Or order online at the Great Books Foundation website. An order usually takes a week or so to arrive. Or you can fax or mail an order (order forms are available at the Circulation Desk at the Keene Public Library - ask for the Great Books folder.)

blue bullet We also decided to devote two meetings to a discussion of essays. Dave Moran, Larry Dachowski and Susan Fratus volunteered to select these and see that copies are available, and one of a play.

blue bullet If you would like to know more about the Great Books Reading and Discussion Programs in general, please visit their web site at www.greatbooks.org. To find out more about our local discussion group, please call Ardis Osborn at 352-2198. Copies of the reading schedule listed below are available at the library's Checkout Desk in the Great Books folder.

The group heartily welcomes new people to the discussion group,
and will be glad to answer any questions you have about it.

Hope to see you all on Thursday, September 5, 2013!


Reading (Links are provided to the full text online, if available. Check the library catalog to see if others might be found in short story collections available for checkout.)
Sept. 5, 2013 Henry James, "The Real Thing"
Sept. 19, 2013 Charlotte Gilman, "The Yellow Wallpaper"
Oct. 3, 2013 V.S. Pritchett, "The Diver"
Oct. 17, 2013 Howard Zinn, "What is radical history?" [essay]
Oct. 24, 2013 Shea, "True Love"; and Galef, "My Date with Neanderthal Woman"
Nov. 7, 2013 John Cheever, "The Country Husband"
Nov. 21, 2013 James Baldwin, "Sonny's Blues"
Dec. 5, 2013 [a play - to be selected by group]
Mar. 13, 2014 John Barth, "Lost in the Funhouse"
Mar. 27, 2014 [essay - to be selected]
Apr. 10, 2014 Margaret Atwood, "The Man from Mars"
Apr. 24, 2014 [poems]
May 8, 2014 Mary Gordon's "The Baby"
May 22, 2014 Alison Bechtel's "A Happy Death" [an exerpt from the graphic memoir Alison Bechtel's graphic memoir 'Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic.']
June 5, 2014 Poetry: Bring in a poem or a very brief prose selection (less than a page) that you find meaningful. We'll each read our selection aloud and say something brieftly about why it was chosen. The group can discuss questions it may pose or comment on its ideas, imagery, language, etc. [It's very helpful if you can make some extra copies of your reading to pass around.]

Last updated: 8/11/2012