Great Books Discussion Series

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The Great Books Discussion is structured so that the evening's selected reading is discussed in a think tank environment with the intention of gaining insight from other readers that one would not have by reading alone. The discussion facilitator asks questions of the participants about the reading selection and helps the discussion stay focused. Our main goal is to have fun and take many interpretations from the group in order to enjoy a greater understanding of a selected reading.

Discussions are open to everyone and free of charge. For more information contact Lisa at or 413-587-1017.

For meeting times and upcoming titles for all our book discussion groups, see our events calendar.

About the facilitator:

Tim Halas has a M.A. in Liberal Arts from St. John's College in Santa Fe, NM. His experiences with the Great Books Seminar has led him to Forbes Library where he hopes to find others who are enthusiastic about listening to other people's ideas with the intention of gaining a greater insight into some of the greatest things ever written.

Spring Discussion Series

Monday evenings in the Community Room at 7 p.m. Discussion books are available to borrow at the library.

March 19, 2012
Benito Cereno by Herman Melville This novella contains some of Melville's most vivid action writing, though the action is all suspense and premonition until the climax.

April 9, 2012
The Tropic of Capricorn by Henry Miller Banned in America for almost thirty years because of its explicit sexual content, this companion volume to Miller's Tropic of Cancer chronicles Miller's life in 1920s New York City.

May 21, 2012
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley This classic science fiction work continues to be a significant warning to our society today.

June 18, 2012
The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway In the socially dislocated period after World War I, an American expatriate and a British peeress conduct a hopeless love affair.

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