Registration for Fall Great Books courses starts August 27! Click here for course descriptions and registration information.

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summer Message from Sara Cohen, President

You know what I just love to do?  As the summer storms blow in, the trees whipping around, the cats cozy by my side…I read a marvelous book.  I encourage you to do the same and transform your rainy afternoons into an inspiring time of reflection and growth.  Books can do that.  We all know the relaxation that reading at the beach brings.  Now recognize the benefits of reading in the thunderstorms!

Great Books offers so many choices.  During the summer months we have monthly short story meetings around town.  We have our yearly drama retreat in June.  Look for our upcoming Fall Conversations in September as we delve into “The Soul of America”, certain to be a challenging yet insightful day of inquiry.

Happy reading to all.

Hope to see you at one or all of our upcoming discussions.


fall 2018 Conference

Tampa Bay Great Books Searches for “The Soul of America”

As Pulitzer Prize winning author Jon Meacham sees it, our nation has been sustained by a belief in progress — even in our darkest times — and our “better angels” have found a way to prevail. That’s the basic premise we’ll be testing at the Tampa Bay Great Books Fall Conversation Conference, as we delve into Meacham’s latest, “The Soul of America: The Struggle for Our Better Angels.”

The conference will be held on Thursday, September 20th, at the picturesque Tampa Palms Golf and Country Club.

Click here for full conference information including how to register.

Summer 2018 Drama Retreat Reflections

Some two dozen Drama aficionados gathered at The Compton Park Center in Tampa Palms on Friday (June 15th) for the 11th Annual Summer Drama Retreat presented by the Tampa Bay Great Books Council.  The discussions centered on plays by Lynn Nottage, a two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

To read more about the conference and see photos, click here.

Fall great books discussions

Join TPGB and partner OLLI USF for a full schedule of  Great Book courses. Click here for details about the new courses and how to register. 

  • Great books sampler
  • Weekly book discussions

Set your clocks. Registration opens August 27th.

the Summer 2018 Short Story Project

The last two short story discussions are August 17 and September 21.

Each month, a member opens their home to whoever is available to partake in our “shared inquiry” during the hot months of the Tampa summer.

Click here for the dates, schedule of readings, and more information.


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Are you interested in learning more about the “Shared Inquiry” method?  Are you curious what it takes to be a  Great Books Moderator?  Contact Great Books Council Member Barbara Brown at to begin the dialogue.


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Last updated June 27, 2018