Houston Great Books is hosting a day of discussions and workshops. All sessions are open and free to the public and only require an RSVP to attend. To RSVP, go to the bottom of this page and click on the form.
Saturday, October 14 9:30 am - 4:00 pm RSVP for individual workshops to receive readings (if available) and reminders.
Bayou Bend Lora Jean Kilroy Visitor and Education Center 6003 Memorial Drive at Westcott Street Houston, Texas 77007
Meet & Greet and Registration The doors will be open at 9:30 am Stop in early to meet people, sign in, and talk to your Houston Great Books Council representatives. We will have a very short business meeting for all members.
Morning Workshop A 10 am - 12:15 am
Discussion of News of the World partnering with Gulf Coast Reads led by Kristen Stewart
We will be discussing Gulf Coast Reads' book of the year News of the World by Paulette Jiles. This historical fiction novel is set in Texas in the aftermath of the Civil War. It's a National Book Award finalist.
We are just a small part of the many events with Gulf Coast Reads. Read and discuss the book here and get more out of it with the other Gulf Coast Reads events! Find out more at www.GulfCoastReads.org
Reading: News of the World by Paulette Jiles. Participants will need to procure the book on their own. Participating area libraries will have copies.
Reading and Discussing Nonfiction, “I, Pencil: My Family Tree” as told to Leonard E. Read led by Jeff Crow and Steve Sims
An essay written from the first person point of view of a pencil who details the complexity of its own creation. If you've ever wanted to add more nonfiction to your book group's repetoire, this workshop will show you how works that aren't novels can still be highly discussable and worthwhile!
Readings: “I, Pencil: My Family Tree” as told to Leonard E. Read
PDF will be sent on RSVP.
Lunch & Chat 12:15 am - 1:30 pm Lunch will be provided for anyone who attends both a morning and afternoon session and RSVPs by October 10.
Afternoon Workshop A 1:30 to 3:30 pm
Understanding Shared Inquiry: Improving Book Discussion Skills led by Helen Cohen
The Great Books uses the Shared Inquiry as our discussion method. In this workshop, we will look at what Shared Inquiry means and how it improves our understanding of the books we read. This is a great workshop for both people new to book discussion and people with experience who want to better their discussions.
Reading: "My Date with Neaderthal Woman" by David Galef PDF will be sent on RSVP
Afternoon Workshop B 1:30 to 3:30 pm
Broadening Your Bookshelf a panel discussion led by Meredith Nudo
The literary canon of Great Books and classroom syllabi tend to center the perspectives of white European and American men, most of them heterosexual, cisgender, and able-bodied. But such a narrow focus leaves out the wealth of voices who also turned to the written word to express their ideas and experiences. This panel and workshop explores how we can select a more diverse range of readings for personal or book club enrichment, with an emphasis on gender, LGBTQIA, race, and disability as well as genre.