CANON CLUB: ACT III
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One of the Library’s longest-running discussion groups—the Canon Club—recently accomplished the laudable task of reading Shakespeare’s complete dramatic works. Joining each discussion are members of The Cincinnati Shakespeare Company.
WALNUT STREET POETRY SOCIETY
First Wednesday Book Discussions
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LITERARY JOURNEYS WITH TONY COVATTA
Thursdays 6 – 7:30 pm
January 18, February 15, March 15, April 12
Spring, 2018 Literary Journey to the Center of the Self
From Tony: I’ve never seen Fantastic Voyage or read Jules Verne’s Journey to the Center of the Earth. And its years since I saw the 1959 movie of the Verne classic, starring James Mason, Pat Boone, and Arlene Dahl. This year our journey is inward as well as outward. I can’t help thinking of these works as I prepare for our trip into four quite different novels that are related in a number of ways. Each one takes ordinary people into fantastically trying sometimes fatal environments far beyond what they are used to. Against overwhelming odds they discover something of who they are and what they can become. There must be some kismet here, because as I write this I remember that Jules Verne’s Journey starts in a volcano in Iceland. Our last novel, Heaven and Hell is set in Iceland, home of volcanos, and during the course we will be discussing another wonderful cult film, Joe vs. the Volcano (the title says it all) starring a very young and charming Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan.
POTUS: THE BIOGRAPHY SESSIONS
THIS GROUP IS CURRENTLY FULL AND ON A WAIT LIST
Year One: Wednesdays 6 – 7:30 pm
February 21, April 25, June 20, August 29, October 24, December 12
New American Literature with Hillary Copsey
FRIDAYS: NOON to 1 pm
March 23, April 27, May 18, June 15
Chances are good that the required reading list from your high school American literature course needs to be updated. Over four months, read books of four modern American authors alongside the classic works that inspired them. This updated reading list will consider the wide variety of American stories and experiences.
March 23: Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward accompanied by selected work from William Faulkner and Zora Neale Hurston
April 27: Redployment by Phil Klay accompanied by selections from The Red Badge of Courage, The Things They Carried
May 18: Lila by Marilynne Robinson accompanied by selected work from Walt Whitman and Willa Cather
June 15: Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan accompanied by selected work from Edith Wharton
Hillary Copsey founded Make America Read, a newsletter that encourages people to read more and more widely to build compassion, critical thinking and civil discourse. She is a freelance writer, editor and consultant living in Norwood, trying to raise two boys to be readers and decent human beings.
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