Sarasota Great Books Group
As of March 14th, the Friday Great Books meetings have been suspended until further notice. It may be until fall until they resume.
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 for the upcoming Winter and Spring 2020 season are:
January 3 – The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County by Samuel Clemens, Young Goodman Brown by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Norton Anthology.
January 10 – Peter Taylor “A Spinster’s Tale,” and “Girl” by Jamaica Kincaid, both from the Norton Anthology
January 17 – A Rose for Emily by William Faulkner (Andy) and The House with the Mezzanine by Chekhov (Felicia) both from the 7 Deadly Sins.
January 24 –The Stations of the Sun, p143, and Letting Go to America, p3, from Immigrant Voices.
January 31 – Home Safe, by Emma Ruby-Sachs, page 205 and Hot-Air Balloons by Edwidge Danticat, page 191, both in Immigrant Voices.
February 7 –THE WISH by Bobbie Ann Mason, p.380, and WILLING by Lorrie Moore, p. 411.
February 14 – Kashtanka by Anton Chekhov and The Lady With the Pet Dog, by Anton Chekhov.
February 21 -“The Glass Tower” and “Rara Avis”
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