Hot Off the Press: Winter/Spring 2015
In this monthly book discussion class, participants read works of new fiction just as they are being published. Class discussions include analysis of the book as well as background information about the author and the book’s path to publication. We talk serious book talk, but have a lot of laughs too!
I will be holding two sections of this class:
Option 1: Monday mornings, 9:30am to 11am
Dates: February 23rd, March 16th, April 13th, May 11th, June 8th
Option 2: Wednesday evenings, 7pm to 8:30pm
Dates: February 18th, March 18th, April 15th, May 13th, June 10th
Location: The Open Book Bookstore at 7900 High School Road, Elkins Park, PA 19027
Class members also receive discounts if they purchase their class books from the Open Book Bookstore.
Here are the book selections:
West of Sunset by Stewart O’Nan
O’Nan is highly regarded by critics for his fiction. (We read his book The Odds in an earlier class.) This new book explores the last few years of the life of F. Scott Fitzgerald when he was a Hollywood screenwriter.
Welcome to Braggsville by T. Geronimo JohnsonFrom the PEN/Faulkner finalist comes a dark and socially provocative Southern-fried comedy about four liberal UC Berkeley students who stage a mock lynching during a Civil War re-enactment.
The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro
It’s been 10 years since his previous book, Never Let Me Go. This mythical novel is set in Arthurian England and takes the form of a quest story, but the heroes are not knights—they’re an elderly couple.
I Refuse by Per Petterson, trans. by Don Bartlett
The first new novel in nearly five years by the international bestselling novelist (Out Stealing Horses) is a haunting and tender story of friendship between two boys whose bond is shaken after an incident on the ice, told from different perspectives and from different time periods.
A God In Ruins by Kate AtkinsonKate Atkinson follows up her die-and-redo epic, Life After Life, with a story centering on Life After Life protagonist Ursula Todd’s younger brother, Teddy, an RAF bomber pilot and would-be poet.