October Update: First Monday Classics

By Samantha Bryant

unnamedAfter a month off for Labor Day, the First Monday Classics book club took on the Russian classic The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky in October. It’s a passionate book that made for some passionate discussion in turn.

We’ve got some exciting selections as we finish out our 2015 readings.

For November 2, we’ll be discussing Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart. Achebe’s novel is set in Nigeria and intertwines a modern story with an ancient fable. It has been praised for its explorations of conflict between cultures and within a single human being.

For December 7, we’ll be discussing and reading together A Child’s Christmas in Wales by the poet Dylan Thomas. A lyric memoir and a nostalgic child’s eye view of the holiday, this work is cherished by many as a December tradition.

We’ll begin the 2016 season with If On a Winter’s Night a Traveler by Italo Calvino. By far the most recent book we will have tackled, Winter’s Night is considered a postmodern classic.

If you’ve been thinking of joining us, now is an excellent time. We’ll be making our selection of books for the next few months through discussion at the November and December meetings. If there’s a classic you’ve been longing to read and discuss with other readers, we’re the group for you.  There’s a public facebook group as well where members occasionally campaign for the books they’d like to read or continue the conversation outside the confines of our meetings.

First Monday Classics Book Club meets on the first Monday of every month (excluding September, in which the first Monday is a holiday) from 6:30 – 8:00. Discussions are led and facilitated by local authors James Maxey and Nathan Kotecki.


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