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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.



Moderator Patrick DeMarco (at right) leads the examination of the wartime scenarios created by the playwright.
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.

Patrick DeMarco and Barbara Brown moderated the morning discussion of “Sweat,” a wrenching look at workers in the “Rust Belt” city of Reading, Pennsylvania, as they coped with factory shutdowns, family conflicts, racial prejudice, and excessive nostalgia for “the way things used to be.”

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

Watch for information on the next Great Books Conference – September 20th, 2018, at Tampa Palms Golf and Country Club – a discussion of “The Soul of America: The Struggle for Our Better Angels,” by Pulitzer Prize winner Jon Meacham.



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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