Registration is open for the Tampa Bay Great Books Winter Weekend Conference, “Great Novels of the 21st Century,” January 26-27, 2019. 
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After many seminars, classes and book conferences, the Tampa Bay Great Books Council looks to the future to examine literature which may become known as “Great Novels of the 21st Century” on January 26th and 27th, 2019, in St. Petersburg, FL.

Three great novels, The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen, Attonement by Ian McEwan, and Gilead by Marilynne Robinson, span the early 21st century and address issues of wars, class differences, family relationships, post-industrialism, globalization, and the information economy. We’ll watch as the characters endure or manipulate their surroundings for their benefit, and our enjoyment.

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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.



GREAT BOOKS Courses for winter/spring

Registration is open for the new OLLI-USF Great Books Winter/Spring courses. New classes begin February 9, 2019, so don’t wait!



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 October 15, 2018