By Samantha Bryant
The First Monday Classics book discussion group is celebrating its first anniversary this April. The group is co-hosted by local authors James Maxey and Nathan Kotecki and uses a discussion format to explore classic literature. The group meets on the first Monday of each month at 6:30 in the library meeting room behind the children’s area in the main library in Hillsborough. Books are generally selected three or four months in advance.
In the first year of meetings, the group has read a range of classic novels including: The Island of Dr. Moreau by H.G. Wells; Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen; Tales of Mystery and Imagination by Edgar Allen Poe; Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner; Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes; Dracula by Bram Stoker; Frankenstein by Mary Shelley; Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë; A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens; and The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne.
On March 2, 2015, the group discussed Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. The next book, to be discussed on April 6, is 1984 by George Orwell.
Discussions are usually begun by Maxey and Kotecki with the sharing of quotes that struck them as they read the books. Each discussion leader comes prepared with a range of discussion starting questions, though they are amenable to following the conversation where it ranges. A small but devoted group attends regularly, and a few others join in when they are especially interested in the book.
James Maxey was recently appointed the Piedmont Laureate and talked about the group in his February 2 blog post. Announcements and updates about the group are available on the Facebook group First Monday Classics.