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
$16.00
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.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
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: 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

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: 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 (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

Class: John Hart - Reading the Poets

Monday, March 6, 2017 - 7:00pm

Eight Mondays: Mar 6- Apr 24 • 7:00-9:00 pm • $200

 


“To have great poets,” Walt Whitman said, “there must be great audiences, too.” What makes a poem worth reading? This group looks at famous poets from several centuries and from several literatures.

Widely published local poet and author John Hart co-edits the venerable all-poetry journal Blue Unicorn, now in its 36th year.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Book Group: Pat Holt - Contemporary Classics (Tuesdays) (Corte Madera)

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 - 10:30am

5 Tuesdays: Feb. 14, Mar. 14, Apr. 11, May 9, June 13, 2017 • 10:30 am – 12:30 pm • $125

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.

February - Marilynne Robinson - Lila  Picador, 272 pages

March - Anuradha Roy - Sleeping on Jupiter  Graywolfe, 256 pages 

April - B.A. Shapiro - The Muralist Algonquin, 368 pages

May - Tom McCarthy - Satin Island  Vintage, 208 pages           

June - Joyce Carol Oates - The Man Without a Shadow  Ecco, 384 pages

Lila Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781250074843
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Picador USA - October 6th, 2015

NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST
NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD WINNER


Sleeping on Jupiter Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781555977511
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Graywolf Press - September 6th, 2016

Long-listed for the Man Booker Prize, a novel about violence, love, and religion in modern India


The Muralist Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781616206437
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Algonquin Books - October 11th, 2016

"Vibrant and suspenseful . . . Like The Art Forger, this new story takes us into the heart of what it means to be an artist." --The Washington Post

"B. A. Shapiro captivated us in 2012 with her 'addictive' novel The Art Forger. Now, she's back with another thrilling tale from the art world." --Entertainment Weekly


Satin Island Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780307739629
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Vintage - January 26th, 2016

Short-listed for the Man Booker Prize
A New York Magazine Best Book of the Year


The Man Without a Shadow Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062416100
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Ecco Press - January 3rd, 2017

In this taut and fascinating novel, the bestselling, New York Times bestselling and National Book Award-winning author of The Sacrifice, The Accursed, and Lovely, Dark, Deep examines the mysteries of memory, personality, and identity and pierces the enigmatic force that drives human lives--love.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Book Group: Pat Holt - Contemporary Classics (Fridays) (Corte Madera)

Friday, February 17, 2017 - 10:30am

5 Fridays: Feb. 17, Mar. 17, Apr. 14, May 12, June 16, 2017 • 10:30 am – 12:30 pm • $125

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.

 

February - Marilynne Robinson - Lila  Picador, 272 pages

March - Anuradha Roy - Sleeping on Jupiter  Graywolfe, 256 pages 

April - B.A. Shapiro - The Muralist Algonquin, 368 pages

May - Tom McCarthy - Satin Island  Vintage, 208 pages           

June - Joyce Carol Oates - The Man Without a Shadow  Ecco, 384 pages

Lila Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781250074843
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Picador USA - October 6th, 2015

NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST
NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD WINNER


Sleeping on Jupiter Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781555977511
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Graywolf Press - September 6th, 2016

Long-listed for the Man Booker Prize, a novel about violence, love, and religion in modern India


The Muralist Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781616206437
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Algonquin Books - October 11th, 2016

"Vibrant and suspenseful . . . Like The Art Forger, this new story takes us into the heart of what it means to be an artist." --The Washington Post

"B. A. Shapiro captivated us in 2012 with her 'addictive' novel The Art Forger. Now, she's back with another thrilling tale from the art world." --Entertainment Weekly


Satin Island Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780307739629
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Vintage - January 26th, 2016

Short-listed for the Man Booker Prize
A New York Magazine Best Book of the Year


The Man Without a Shadow Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062416100
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Ecco Press - January 3rd, 2017

In this taut and fascinating novel, the bestselling, New York Times bestselling and National Book Award-winning author of The Sacrifice, The Accursed, and Lovely, Dark, Deep examines the mysteries of memory, personality, and identity and pierces the enigmatic force that drives human lives--love.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Gisella Petrone - Continuing Italian Book Group (Corte Madera)

Monday, July 11, 2016 - 1:00pm

3 Mondays: July 11, 18 & 25 • 1:00 – 3:00 pm • $100

New students welcome! Italian Book Club continuing reading and discussing Jumpha Lahira’s new book In Other Words.

Gisella Petrone has a master’s degree from the University of Calabria. She has taught English, Italian, Latin, Roman history, and Italian cooking.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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