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Pelican Book Club: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

November 16, 2017

Nothing calls for cuddling up in a blanket on a cool fall day quite like Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. A Pelican suggestion, we landed on this title because we think you'll also appreciate the length of this novel during these busy back-to-school days. 

But short certainly does not mean shallow. This book is brimming with juicy ideas for us to discuss together. We can't wait to hear your thoughts on the man-made monster and his god-like creator Thursday November 16th at 4:00 pm PST/ 7:00 pm EST!

Pelican Book Club: The Abolition of Man by C.S. Lewis

August 10, 2017

One of the great works on educational philosophy from the 20th century, C.S. Lewis's The Abolition of Man stands behind much of what we do here at CenterForLit. (As does most of Lewis's canon, if we're being honest...)

And since it's summertime and we have some free head space to contemplate the past academic year and look forward to the next, we thought it might be fun to delve into this accessible reflection on the state of modern culture and education. It is also the winner of our Pelican survey, so many of you must have thought so too!

We've never tackled a work of non fiction together in the Pelican Book Club, and we think it'll be exciting to mix things up a little. But don't feel intimidated! Lewis is a very clear writer and although his ideas are rich and deep, we're all here to try to understand them better together. 

Pelican Book Club: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

April 6, 2017

You voted, and the results are in! This spring we will be reading that 20th century American classic, F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby! We're so excited to find that there was so much interest in this novel. (If you didn't vote for this one, not to fear- we made special note of all our runners up and plan to come back to them in the future.) But right now one of the big questions that seems to be circling around our tribe is the problem of defining a "classic" and whether or not a work less than 100 years old could possible fit into this description or be worthy of study. Perhaps Jay Gatsby will help fuel that discussion for us, as well as many more threads of rich conversation about that timeless question: what does it mean to live a good life? 

We hope you'll join us on April 6th at 1:00 Pacific Time/ 4:00 Eastern for a journey back to the Roaring Twenties and another foray into the Great Conversation!

**P.S. We know many of you are unable to meet during our usual time. While we work to find new scheduling options, we thought we would open the conversation up to more Pelicans by starting a "Pelican Book Club" channel in the Pelican Forum. You'll notice there are comments for each chapter of The Great Gatsby in that channel. We would love to start an ongoing discussion about our Pelican read there! Just post your comment as a reply to the proper chapter heading as you make your way through the book, and we'll benefit from even more wonderful literary conversation among a greater number of us!

Pelican Book Club: Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh

November 11, 2016

In the summer of 2015 we tried something new. We decided our students shouldn't be the only ones who have all the fun! That's why we created our "grownups" book club, and we've had so much fun taking time out of each season to gather together over tea or coffee and discuss great ideas with you. With the recent creation of The Pelican Society, we seized the opportunity to make our book club a regular event. We now host quarterly meetings for all teachers, parents, or bookworms who want to spend an afternoon encouraging one another and chatting about a good read.

Sometimes we'll pick the books, sometimes we'll ask you to pick the books, but we will always make sure our time together is tons of fun, filled with fruitful conversation, and not intimidating in the least! Our next meeting will take place on November 10th from 1:00-3:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time (4:00-6:00 EST). We will be discussing Evelyn Waugh's Brideshead Revisted, the nostalgic tale of Charles Ryder, who goes to Oxford in the 1930s, falls in the love with the Flyte family, and comes up against the end of himself. Waugh wrote that this story "deals with what is theologically termed 'the operation of Grace', that is to say, the unmerited and unilateral act of love by which God continually calls souls to Himself." ...We're all in! Your only "assignment" is to do your best to read Brideshead Revisited before joining the discussion. 

Pelican Book Club: Peace Like a River by Leif Enger

August 4, 2016

In the summer of 2015 we tried something new. We decided our students shouldn't be the only ones who have all the fun! That's why we created our "grownups" book club, and we've had so much fun taking time out of each season to gather together over tea or coffee and discuss great ideas with you. With the recent creation of The Pelican Society, we seized the opportunity to make our book club a regular event. We now host quarterly meetings for all teachers, parents, or bookworms who want to spend an afternoon encouraging one another and chatting about a good read. Sometimes we'll pick the books, sometimes we'll ask you to pick the books, but we will always make sure our time together is tons of fun, filled with fruitful conversation, and not intimidating in the least! Our next meeting will take place on August 4th from 1:00-3:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time. We will be discussing Leif Enger's Peace Like a River, the story of a young boy whose tragic family circumstances confront him with an unexpected journey and the reality of miracles.

Pelican Book Club: Home by Marilynne Robinson

April 21, 2016

Last summer we tried something new. We decided our students shouldn't be the only ones who have the opportunity to share their great ideas about classic books. That's why we created our grownup book club, and we had so much fun talking to you about Marilynne Robinson's Gilead!

Now that we have The Pelican Society, we want to make our book club a regular event. Starting this spring, we will begin having quarterly meetings for all teachers, parents, or bookworms who want to spend an afternoon encouraging one another and chatting about a good read.

Our first meeting will take place on April 21 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time. We enjoyed Gilead so much that we decided this time to talk about Robinson's second book, Home.

Pelican Book Club: Gilead by Marilynne Robinson

July 28, 2015

For our initial test run of the Pelican Book Club, we hosted a summer discussion of Marilynne Robinson's hauntingly beautiful Gilead. The first in a trilogy of novels centered around fictional Gilead, Iowa, this tale of fatherhood and faith is a testament to the fact that true masters of the literary art still live among us.  

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