We have Great Books Foundation anthologies and gift cards to Barnes & Noble to give away, plus more!
Meet & Greet and Registration The doors will be open at 9:30 am Stop in early to meet people, sign in, and talk to Houston Great Books Council members. We will have a very short business meeting for all members.
We will have two sessions going on at the same time, for the morning and the afternoon. Pick the session that appeals to you most!
Morning Workshop A 10 am - noon
Discussion of The Train to Crystal City partnering with Gulf Coast Reads led by Helen Cohen
We will be discussing Gulf Coast Reads' book of the year The Train to Crystal City: FDR's Secret Prisoner Exchange Program and America's Only Family Internment Camp by Jan Jarboe Russell. This nonfiction work promises to be informative and highly discussable!
Reading: The Train to Crystal City by Jan Jarboe Russell Participants will need to purchase this book on their own. Please check out Gulf Coast Reads other October events at www.GulfCoastReads.org
Dealing with the Absurd: Sisyphus Meets Godot led by Eric Timmreck and Kent Guida
While the topic of the absurd has been a favorite of philosophers and writers for a long time, too often we are inclined to say “That’s absurd” when confronted with situations in everyday life. How can we best deal with the absurd? Camus has some very specific ideas as he contemplates Sisyphus’s eternal labor with his rock. Becket’s illustration of the absurd has Estragon and Vladimir dealing with a very long wait in their own inimitable way. How do these ideas apply to us today?
Readings: A highly condensed version of Albert Camus’s The Myth of Sisyphus and the latter part of Act II of Samuel Becket’s Waiting for Godot.
PDFs will be sent on RSVP.
Lunch & Chat Noon - 1:30 pm Lunch will be provided for anyone who attends both a morning and afternoon session and RSVPs by October 12.
Afternoon Workshop A 1:30 to 3:30 pm
A Beginner's Guide to Better Discussions led by Kristen Stewart
We will take you through ways to improve discussions and discussion questions. This is a great workshop for anyone who is new to our organization or to the concept of Shared Inquiry, or anyone who just wants to improve their book club.
Readings: "Temple of the Holy Ghost" by Flannery O'Connor and "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County" by Mark Twain PDFs will be sent on RSVP
Afternoon Workshop B 1:30 to 3:30 pm
Comics as Literature led by Meredith Nudo and Jessi Jordan
We will discuss this the graphic novel Faith like we would any good literature. Find out how graphic novels can make excellent discussion works. Faith is a great story that challenges our perceptions of what superheroines "should" look like.
Reading: Faith, Volume 1: Hollywood and Vine by Jody Houser
Participants will need to purchase this book on their own.