We're taking a few months to indulge in the lighthearted wisdom of Roald Dahl by exploring four of his classics: James and the Giant Peach, The BFG, The Fantastic Mr. Fox, and Danny Champion of the World. Don't be fooled by the recommended reading age on these beauties! Dahl's clear insight, crafted for children, may actually be aimed more particularly at adults. Remember to sign up with the new form to receive meeting links even if you’ve attended previous book clubs!
Join us for our last discussion of Jane Austen's Persuasion on August 8th! NOTE: If you signed up for All the Light You Cannot See, you will need to sign up again for the new title. Also, you can still sign up if you have not attended the other sessions on this novel!
Due to overwhelming popular demand, we've shuffled around the reading assignments for All the Light We Cannot See to get us through the book just a little more quickly. The discussion dates look the same for May and June, but the new readings will allow us to still maintain a slower pace without stretching the novel out past the point of interest. :) And, of course, as an added benefit it will allow us to move on to our next selection sooner, at which point we will be incorporating a bi-weekly discussion (also due to popular Pelican demand).
The Book Club webpage, which you can find by clicking the button below, has been updated to reflect these changes.
Thank you for all of your enthusiasm at our recent discussion meeting! We had such a blast and were completely blown away, and look forward to making these get togethers a more frequent part of our lives!
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!
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.
So we hope you'll join us Thursday August 10th at 4:30pm PST / 7:30pm EST for a time of reflection and encouragement with our dear friend Clive Staples!
We need your help! Our Pelican Book Club meetings have been such a blast, and the larger the crowd the richer the conversation! We would love to have as many Pelicans as possible join us for these events, so in the interest of facilitating your schedule please take the survey below to help us pin down the best time.
Also, when we asked for reading recommendations at our last meeting, we noticed a trend: many of you would love to dig deeper into the works of C.S. Lewis. Lewis is one of our all time favorites, and the father of a great deal of our thinking about literature here at CenterForLit, so we would be thrilled to have a chance to discuss his work with you! Please vote for the title below you are most interested in tackling first, and we will make that our summer book club read.
If you were unable to join us earlier this month for our discussion of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, you can now access a recording of the event (along with all of our other book club discussion) inside your membership!