Contemporary Issues highlight the Fall 2020 Great Books Conference. On October 24, 2020, the Tampa Bay forum will feature notable works by Toni Morrison and John Lewis. Click here to download the registration form.

The fiction selection for this conference is the first novel by Nobel Prize-winner Toni Morrison, “The Bluest Eye.” In his New York Times review, John Leonard praised Morrison’s writing as “a prose so precise, so faithful to speech, and so charged with pain and wonder that the novel becomes poetry…But “The Bluest Eye” is also history, sociology, folklore, nightmare and music.”

A more recent review in “The New Yorker” observed: “Morrison’s book cut a new path through the American literary landscape by placing young black girls at the center of the story.” Discussion of “The Bluest Eye” will be led by Sara Cohen and Linda Feeney.

Following a break for lunch on your own, the conference will resume at 1 PM, for examination of the non-fiction selection, “Across That Bridge: A Vision for Change and the Future of America,” by John Lewis.

In this deeply personal and uplifting book, Congressman Lewis shares his memories of the Civil Rights struggles and his steadfast belief in the efficacy of peaceful resistance in today’s protest culture. Patrick DeMarco will lead the discussion.

Attendance is limited to 25 participants, so early registration is important. The $15 fee covers both sessions. Click here for a copy of the registration form.