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highlights! 2019 TBGB Weekend

Nearly forty fiction-lovers and their guests from across Florida and beyond gathered at the Bayfront Hilton in St. Petetersburg, Fl,  Saturday, January 26, 2019, for the first day of the 14th annual Tampa Bay Great Books Conference Weekend.

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This year’s Conference theme was “Great Novels of the 21st Century,” with  Jonathan Franzen’s “The Corrections, Ian McEwan’s Atonement, and Marilynne Robinson’s Gilead selected as the books for discussion.

These selections covered more than 1,165 pages of text -many of which are now adorned with sticky notes, handwritten margin observations, and enough yellow Day-Glo Highlighter ink to fill a small swimming pool!

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HIGHLIGHTS! fall 2018 Conference

One of the largest seasonal conferences in recent TBGB’s  history gathered at Tampa Palms Country Club September 20, 2018, for the Fall Conversation Conference.

Some 40 book aficionados examined the current work by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Jon Meacham, “The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels.” Attendees were divided into groups, led by TBGBC Moderators:  Patrick DeMarco, Kevin Chittim and Linda Feeney.

The “Shared Inquiry” discussion brought out a number of fervently-held points of view, all expressed with civility and respect for well-supported differences of opinion.

Click here to see the highlights of the day captured in photos, and to read more.



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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 February 7, 2019