Sarasota Great Books Group

The Sarasota Great Books group meets every Friday from September through the end of June, from 10:30 A.M. to 12:30 P.M. We start this fall on September 19.

Dues are $60 per year. Our members take a turn once or twice a year leading the weekly discussion. They select one or two pieces of fiction – e.g two short stories or a play – or non-fiction – using either the many Great Books anthologies we’ve purchased or any other source they choose. Then they create discussion questions and lead the conversation. Sometimes we even present our own plays or poems!

The usual group size in winter is fifteen to twenty, usually evenly divided between men and women – and everyone joins in.

Selections chosen so far for the upcoming 2019 – 2020 season are:

Sept 13 – Greville Fane by Henry James, page 700, Norton’s Anthology.

September 20 – Escort by Abdulrazak Gurnah and You Can’t Get Lost in Cape Town by Zoë Wicomb, both in The Art of the Story.

September 27 – Good Country People by Flannery O’Connor, in 7 Deadly Sins Sampler.

October 4 – All Because of the Mistake by Daniele del Giudice, page 203, and In the Shadow of the War by Ben Okri, page 477; both stories are from The Art of the Story.

October 11 – On the Advantages and Disadvantages of History for Life, by Nietzche, page 237, from Great Books’ Great Conversations 6.

October 18 – “A Worn Path” by Eudora Welty, page 1544, and “I Look Out for Ed Wolfe” by Stanley Elkin, page 480; both in the Norton’s Anthology.

October 25 – Edith Wharton’s Roman Fever in Deadly Sins, page 45.

November 1 – Little Whale, Varnisher of Reality by Vasily Aksenov, page 18, and Action Will Be Taken by Heinrich Boll, page 92; both from Halpern’s The Art of the Tale.

November 8 – TBD

November 15 – A Rose for Emily by William Faulkner and The House with the Mezzanine by Anton Chekhov; both from the Great Books 7 Deadly Sins.

November 29 – Snow by Ann Beattie, page 114, Norton’s Anthology and one other story.

December 6 – “Absence” by Daniel Alarcon, page 15 in Immigrant Voices and “The Science of Flight” by Yiyun Li,  page 175 in Immigrant Voices.

December 13 – “The Best of Everything” by Richard Yates in Art of the Tale, and “The Contest” by Grace Paley in Art of the tale, page 595.

Remaining December – February are TBD

We welcome new members! Please click here to contact Tom Walker by email.

Location: The Historical Society of Sarasota County’s Crocker Memorial Church, at Pioneer Park, 1260 12th Street, Sarasota, FL 34236

at Pioneer Park, 1260 12th Street, Sarasota, FL 34236
Crocker Memorial Church