(sponsored by the Friends of the Keene Public Library)
Welcome to the 27th year of our local Great Books discussion group!
The group meets at the Keene Public Library (60 Winter Street), which is accessible by elevator or stairway.
Meetings are on Thursdays, starting at 7:00 pm and usually end about 8:30-8:45.
|Is NOT: ... teaching
... imparting facts
... forcing consensus
... accepting authority
|But IS: ... exploring
... examing ideas
... inviting participation
... honoring diverse opinion
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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