Book Clubs

In 2005, the Friends organized the Bi-monthly Reading Group that has been meeting to discuss 20th century and contemporary novels by writers from the U.S. and throughout the world: England, Japan, Latin America, Asia, and Africa. To date, some 75 works! Members of the reading group select the books – everyone is welcome! If you’d like to be on the mailing list for announcements of upcoming books, contact facilitator Tim Rahn,

The Great Big Book Club, organized by the Friends in Spring 2009, takes on a classic work each spring and fall, meeting at least four times every two weeks. For each book, university professors have given introductory talks – we have had lectures on Cervantes’ Don Quixote, Tolstoy’s War and Peace and Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov, Charles Dickens’s Bleak House, George Eliot’s Middlemarch, James Joyce’s Ulysses, and more! Everyone is welcome – contact facilitator Phil Schewe if you would like to be on the mailing list:

Spring 2018

The Great Big Book Club’s book for spring 2018 is Kristin Lavransdatter, a trilogy of books by Sigrid Undset (1882-1949) about life in Medieval Scandinavia. These novels were the principal work that earned Undset the Nobel Prize for literature in 1928. The spring session begins on March 13. Tiina Nunnally, who translated the book from Norwegian into English, will speak at the Takoma Park library (7:30 p.m.). Following that, club members will meet to discuss the book. On three Wednesday nights — March 28, April 11, and April 25, all at 7:30 p.m. — the club will meet at the Takoma Park Community Center.

The Friends Bimonthly Book Club will discuss A Place on Earth by Wendell Berry on Tuesday April 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the Azalea Room of the Community Center. First published in 1967 and revised several time since, A Place on Earth describes the lives of the families in Berry’s fictional Port William, Kentucky from March to August 1945. The novel is part of what has become known as the Port William Membership. From the Chicago Tribune:

“His aching prose and strong sense of place…put Berry in the pantheon of Southern writers. This is an important novelist with prophetic things to say and a poetic way of saying them.”   And Publisher’s Weekly  praised “Wendell Berry’s compassionate understanding of the town, the land and the people he writes about…his book is one to be savored slowly for its humanity, humor, wisdom and poetry.”

Copies of A Place on Earth are available in the Library. All are welcome to join the Friends book discussions !