Recently I wrote about Third Place Engagements and mentioned two venues at the library. The first was about Socrates Cafe and the second was PHiL's Book Club. Well let's talk a little bit more about the latter now.
PHiL’s Book Club began many, many years ago, all the way back to September 2000; a lot of reading over the years…and a lot of talk.
It almost seems like yesterday but at the very first session it was discussed that the purpose of book clubs is not just to introduce people to various types of reading genres but also to serve as an environment to stimulate ideas, concepts, and feelings about topics raised by the book then by the conversation itself. We have read biographies on such people as pioneering/Nazi sympathizer Charles Lindberg. We tackled fiction in Afghanistan with The Kite Runner. Drama was explored in Tennessee Williams’ “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof”. Memoirs were discussed in South Africa in “Don’t Lets Go to the Dogs Tonight”. In each session there was never a lack of opinions and feelings and over the years that passion hasn’t faded with time. Here’s a peek of what’s coming up the re mainder of this reading year:
Monday Feb. 8th- Known World by Edward P. Jones
Monday March 8th- The Passion of Artemisia by Susan Vreeland
Monday April 12th- The Piano Shop on the Left Bank by Thad Carhart
Monday May 10th- The Hemingses of Monticello by Annette Gordon-Reed
Monday June 14th- Breathing Lessons by Ann Tyler
All book club dates begin at 11 AM and 7 PM and we meet in the library’s new Conference Room. And here's another bonus, free food!
Ah...reading and eating. Two of life's greatest pleasures.