Book Groups

Class: Pat Holt - Summer Book Group

Tuesday, August 8, 2017 - 10:30am

Tuesday August 8, 2017  • 10:30 am – 12:30 pm • $30

Every few years Pat’s group schedules a special Summer session that’s open to everyone, and this year is special, indeed.  A while back, the group discovered Anthony Marra’s  A Constellation of Vital Phenomena  ("a novel about Chechnya that nobody wanted to read,” says Pat, "until we did read it and then so unforgettable we loved it, loved it, loved it.”) The same magical reading experience is promised in  Marra’s next book, The Tsar of Love and Technonow in paperback.  

Don’t be put off by the description "interlocking stories” — this usually means a magnificent novel with many surprises. As the Boston Globe says, Marra’s chapters are “cunningly set out like mosaic tiles that keep self-rearranging until they cohere into a complex, cathartic whole.” Very chewy, full of ideas, great characters, and Marra’s wonderful “arsenal of wit”!  

Note: Sign up early as this group has a maximum of 15.  (A runover group may be listed for that Friday, August 11. If you prefer that date, let us know!)

Pat Holt leads a discussion of books that have captured the contemporary imagination. Holt is the former book review editor of the S.F. Chronicle and publisher of Holt Uncensored.

The Tsar of Love and Techno: Stories Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780770436452
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Published: Hogarth Press - July 19th, 2016

From the New York Times bestselling author of A Constellation of Vital Phenomena--dazzling, poignant, and lyrical interwoven stories about family, sacrifice, the legacy of war, and the redemptive power of art.


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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Pat Holt - Contemporary Classics

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - 10:30am

5 Tuesdays; Sep. 12, Oct. 10, Nov. 14, Dec. 12, & Jan. 9, 2017/2018,  • 10:30 am – 12:30 pm • $125

Sept. 12

Deborah Levy, Hot Milk, Bloomsbury, 240 pages

Oct. 10

Graeme Macrae Burnet, His Bloody Project, Contraband, 300 pages

Nov. 14

Adam Haslett, Imagine Me Gone, Little, Brown, 368 pages

Dec. 12

Jacqueline Woodson, Another Brooklyn, Amistad, 192 pages

Jan. 9, 2018

Madeleine Thien, Norton, Do Not Say We Have Nothing, 480 pages

 

Pat Holt leads a discussion of books that have captured the contemporary imagination. Holt is the former book review editor of the S.F. Chronicle and publisher of Holt Uncensored.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Carol Benet - Potpourri of Literary Prizes (Afternoon) (Corte Madera)

Monday, September 18, 2017 - 1:00pm

5 Mondays; Sept. 18, Oct. 16, Nov. 20, Dec. 18, & Jan. 15, 2017  • 1 pm – 3 pm • $130

This fall we will read 5 novels whose authors have won literary prizes including the Mann Booker Prize,  Kirkus Prize, German International Literature Prize, Camões Prize and Goncourt Prize. 

September 18
Amos Oz, Judas (German International Literature Prize)

October 16
Lucia Berlin, Manuel for Cleaning Women (Kirkus Prize)

November 20
António Lobos Antunes, The Land at the End of the World  (Camões Prize)

December 18
Paul Beatty, The Sellout (Mann Booker Prize)

January 15, 2018
Mathias Énard, Compass (Goncourt Prize)

This group reads authors that have won literary prizes including the Man Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle. In addition to reading award-winning novels, participants develop literary perceptual and critiquing skills. Carol Benet received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of California, Berkeley where she won an Outstanding Teaching Award.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Carol Benet - Potpourri of Literary Prizes (Evening) (Corte Madera)

Monday, September 18, 2017 - 7:00pm

5 Mondays; Sept. 18, Oct. 16, Nov. 20, Dec. 18, & Jan. 15, 2017  • 7 pm – 9 pm • $130

This fall we will read 5 novels whose authors have won literary prizes including the Mann Booker Prize,  Kirkus Prize, German International Literature Prize, Camões Prize and Goncourt Prize. 

September 18
Amos Oz, Judas (German International Literature Prize)

October 16
Lucia Berlin, Manuel for Cleaning Women (Kirkus Prize)

November 20
António Lobos Antunes, The Land at the End of the World  (Camões Prize)

December 18
Paul Beatty, The Sellout (Mann Booker Prize)

January 15, 2018
Mathias Énard, Compass (Goncourt Prize)

This group reads authors that have won literary prizes including the Man Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle. In addition to reading award-winning novels, participants develop literary perceptual and critiquing skills. Carol Benet received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of California, Berkeley where she won an Outstanding Teaching Award.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Pamela Feinsilber - Meet the Author

Monday, September 25, 2017 - 7:00pm

5 Mondays; Sept. 25, Oct. 23, Nov. 20, Dec. 18., 2017  • 7 pm – 9 pm • $95

We’ll have intimate conversations with the authors of...an entertaining yet deep novel featuring a reluctant bride, squirrels, and the military-industrial complex; an adventure, retracing the steps of two men who found a buried civilization in Central America, that "makes Indiana Jones seem tame"; an "intricately plotted" novel, narrated by two women linked by a family mystery, that "builds to a terrifying climax"; and the translator of "sublime, subversive and original" stories by a "Brazilian legend."

SEPTEMBER

The Portable Veblen Elizabeth McKenzie

OCTOBER

Jungle of Stone: The True Story of Two Men, Their Extraordinary Journey and the Discovery of the Lost Civilization of the Maya William Carlsen

NOVEMBER

The Lost Girls Heather Young

DECEMBER

The Complete Stories of Clarice Lispector Katrina Dodson, translator

 

Pamela Feinsilber is a book editor and writing consultant and blogs about the arts for Huffington Post.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925