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summer Message from Sara Cohen, President

Glorious spring is here with the few remaining cool days before the long, hot days of summer.  What a perfect time to sit in the shade, with an ice tea and a good book.

We at Great Books are looking forward to our Summer Drama Retreat on June 15, 2018.  We’ll be reading 2 Pulitzer Prize winning plays by Lynn Nottage.  Maybe you don’t know the author yet, but you will never forget  the plays.  They are intense survival stories of the human drama. Come join us in reading and discussing these expansive plays.

Also this summer we begin our 8th year with our Summer Short Story Project.  One time each month a group of Great Bookies get together in a casual atmosphere to read exceptional short stories reflecting on the human condition. This group welcomes all readers into our homes.

Quotes to live by:

Stop worrying.  Get reading.  It is the best anti-aging treatment!

Think of reading as a kind of mental gardening.



summer 2018 drama retreat

Registration for the Summer Drama Retreat on June 15, 2018, is open. Two Pulitzer Prize winning plays by Lynn Nottage will be discussed.

Ruined offers a graphic portrait of women as perennial victims of war, and Sweat is a topical
reflection of the present and poignant outcome of America’s economic decline.

Click here to read more about each play and the conference retreat details.

To register, click here to download the registration form.

Lynn Nottage accepts the 2017 Pulitzer Prize in Drama for Sweat from Columbia University President Lee C. Bollinger.


the Summer 2018 Short Story Project

Join like-minded folks for good conversation and discussion this summer as the 2018 summer short story reading project kicks off on May 18th.

Each month, a member will open their home to whoever is available to partake in our “shared inquiry” during the hot months of the Tampa summer.  This will be our 8th year and everyone is looking forward to a relaxed atmosphere, the food and wine, to say nothing of the stimulating selections and intellectual conversation.

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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