Book Groups

Class: Pat Holt - Contemporary Classics (Corte Madera)

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 10:30am

Five Tuesdays; Feb. 13, Mar. 13, Apr. 10, May 8, & Jun. 12 • 10:30 am – 12:30 pm • $125

Feb 13

Ali Smith, Autumn

March 13

Transit, Rachel Cusk,

April 10

George Saunders, Lincoln in the Bardo

May 8

Exit West, Moshin Hamid

June 12  

Anything is Possible, Elizabeth Strout

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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: Pamela Feinsilber - Meet the Author (Corte Madera)

Monday, January 29, 2018 - 7:00pm

Four Mondays; Jan 29, Feb 26, Mar. 26. April date TBA • 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm • $95

In the first hour of this long-running group, we discuss the book we’ve just read. In the second hour, we talk with the author about what it took to create it and other engrossing topics. We’ve had wonderful conversations with Daniel Handler, Elizabeth McKenzie, Yiyun Li, T.J. Stiles, Anthony Marra, Tom Barbash, Elizabeth Rosner, T. Geronimo Johnson, Adam Hochschild, Joyce Maynard, Natalie Baszile, and many others.

**Reading List TBA**

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

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

Monday, February 19, 2018 - 7:00pm

Five Mondays; Feb. 19, Mar. 19, Apr. 16, May 14, & June 11 • 7:00 pm – 9:00 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, Nobel Prize and Goncourt Prize. 

February 19

Euphoria, Lily King, Kirkus Prize

March 19

A Horse Walks Into A Bar,  David Grossman, Man Booker International Prize

April 16

The Melancholy of Resistance, László Krasznahorkai, Man Booker International Prize

May 14

The Illogic of Kassel, Enrique Vila-Matas, FIL Literary Award in Romance Languages

June 11

Devil on the Cross, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, Nonino International Prize for Literature

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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 (Afternoon) (Corte Madera)

Monday, February 19, 2018 - 1:00pm

Five Mondays; Feb. 19, Mar. 19, Apr. 16, May 14, & June 11 • 1:00 – 3:00 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. 

February 19

Euphoria, Lily King, Kirkus Prize

March 19

A Horse Walks Into A Bar,  David Grossman, Man Booker International Prize

April 16

The Melancholy of Resistance, László Krasznahorkai, Man Booker International Prize

May 14

The Illogic of Kassel, Enrique Vila-Matas, FIL Literary Award in Romance Languages

June 11

Devil on the Cross, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, Nonino International Prize for Literature

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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: 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.

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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.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Pat Holt - Contemporary Classics (Corte Madera)

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - 10:30am

5 Tuesdays: Sep. 12, Oct. 10, Nov. 14, Dec. 12, & Jan. 9 • 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
Madeleine Thien, Norton, Do Not Say We Have Nothing (480 pages)

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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: Pamela Feinsilber - Meet the Author (Corte Madera)

Monday, September 25, 2017 - 7:00pm

5 Mondays: Sept. 25, Oct. 23, Nov. 20, & Dec. 18 • 7:00 pm – 9:00 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
Elizabeth McKenzie, The Portable Veblen

October
William Carlsen, Jungle of Stone

November
Heather Young, The Lost Girls

December
Katrina Dodson (translator), The Complete Stories of Clarice Lispector

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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

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 • 7:00 pm – 9:00 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, Nobel Prize and Goncourt Prize. 

September 18
António Lobos Antunes, The Land at the End of the World (Camões Prize)

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

November 20
Ohran Pamuk, Snow (Nobel Prize-winning author)

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

January 15
Amos Oz,  Judas (German International Prize)

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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 (Afternoon) (Corte Madera)

Monday, September 18, 2017 - 1:00pm

Five Mondays: Sept. 18, Oct. 16, Nov. 20, Dec. 18, & Jan. 15 • 1:00 – 3:00 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
António Lobos Antunes, The Land at the End of the World (Camões Prize)

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

November 20
Ohran Pamuk, Snow (Nobel Prize-winning author)

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

January 15
Amos Oz,  Judas (German International Prize)

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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 (Afternoon) (Corte Madera)

Monday, February 13, 2017 - 1:00pm

Five Mondays: Feb. 13, Mar. 20, Apr. 17, May 15 & June 12, 2017 • 1:00-3:00pm • $125

 

 

 

This group reads authors that have won literary prizes including the Nobel Prize, the Man Booker Prize, the National Book Award and the Asturias Literary Prize. Carol Benet has an M.A from Michigan and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from UC Berkeley.

 

BOOK LIST:

February 13

Ottessa Moshfegh, Eileen (Pen/Hemingway Award)

March 20

Han Kang, The Vegetarian (Man Booker International Prize)

April 17

Ali Smith, How to Be Both (Women’s Prize for Fiction, Costa  Novel and Goldsmiths Awards)

May 15

Don  Delillo, Libra (Irish Times International Fiction Prize)

June12

Juan Gabriel Vásquez, The Sound of Things Falling (International Dublin Literary Award )

 

Carol Benet has an MA from Michigan and a PhD in Comparative Literature from UC Berkeley.

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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