Bayou Bend Lora Jean Kilroy Visitor and Education Center 6003 Memorial Drive (at Westcott Street) Houston, Texas 77007
Meet & Greet Doors open at 9:30 am Stop in early to sign in, talk to old and new friends, and meet your HGB Councilmembers.
Houston Great Books Membership Meeting 10 - 10:15 am We will have a very short business meeting and vote for re-election of council members.
Morning Workshop A 10:15 am - 12:15 am
Discussion of Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke partnering with Gulf Coast Reads led by Kristen Stewart
"When it comes to law and order, East Texas plays by its own rules--a fact that Darren Mathews, a black Texas Ranger, knows all too well. Deeply ambivalent about growing up black in the lone star state, he was the first in his family to get as far away from Texas as he could. Until duty called him home.
When his allegiance to his roots puts his job in jeopardy, he travels up Highway 59 to the small town of Lark, where two murders--a black lawyer from Chicago and a local white woman--have stirred up a hornet's nest of resentment. Darren must solve the crimes--and save himself in the process--before Lark's long-simmering racial fault lines erupt. From a writer and producer of the Emmy winning Fox TV show Empire, Bluebird, Bluebird is a rural noir suffused with the unique music, color, and nuance of East Texas."
We are just a small part of the many events that Gulf Coast Reads host. After you read and discuss the book with us, find more at www.GulfCoastReads.org
Participants will need to procure the book on their own. Participating area libraries will have copies.
Discussing Philosophy Liberty of Thought and Discussion: Always a Good Idea? led by Eric Timmreck and Kent Guida
Is free expression of public opinion always a good idea? John Stuart Mill says yes. James Fitzjames Stephen says no. We will discuss brief excerpts from the writings of both in order to clarify their positions. How strongly does each argue his case? Can they both be right? Come contribute your voice to this conversation - even more relevant today.
Reading selections will be from John Stuart Mill's On Liberty, 1869 "Discussed and debated from time immemorial, the concept of personal liberty went without codification until the 1859 publication of On Liberty. John Stuart Mill's complete and resolute dedication to the cause of freedom inspired this treatise, an enduring work through which the concept remains well known and studied." and James Fitzjames Stephen's Liberty, Equality, Fraternity, 1873 In reply to Mill's essay, Stephen contended that liberty is one of the "elements of social life which, like others, have their advantages and disadvantages according to time, place, and circumstance" and that Mill and others "have a great disposition to exaggerate [its] advantages and to deny the existence, or at any rate to underrate the importance, of [its] disadvantages."
PDFs of the selections will be sent when you 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 15.
Afternoon Workshop A 1:30 to 3:30 pm
Understanding Shared Inquiry: How to Improve Our Book Discussion Skills led by Helen Cohen
"Shared Inquiry promotes an intellectually stimulating interpretative discussion of a work—a group exploration of meaning that leads to engaging and insightful conversation. It helps participants read actively, articulate probing questions about the ideas in a work, and listen and respond effectively to each other. And it is based on the conviction that participants can gain a deeper understanding of a text when they work together and are prompted by a leader’s skilled questioning." from the Shared Inquiry Handbook
In this workshop, we will look at how this discussion technique works, even with the folklore story of Jack and the Beanstalk. Then we will apply what we've learned to a more contemporary story, "City of Churches" by Donald Barthelme.
This is a great workshop for both people new to book discussion and people with experience who want to hone their skill.
A PDF of the readings and the Shared Inquiry Handbook will be sent when you RSVP
Afternoon Workshop B 1:30 to 3:30 pm
Comics as Literature led by Meredith Nudo
We will be discussing the book-length graphic novel Aya: Life in Yop City by Marguerite Abouet.
"Ivory Coast, 1978. It's a golden time, and the nation, too-an oasis of affluence and stability in West Africa-seems fueled by something wondrous. Aya is loosely based upon Marguerite Abouet's youth in Yop City. It is the story of the studious and clear-sighted nineteen-year-old Aya, her easygoing friends Adjoua and Bintou, and their meddling relatives and neighbors. It's a wryly funny, breezy account of the simple pleasures and private troubles of everyday life in Yop City. Clément Oubrerie's warm colors and energetic, playful line connect expressively with Marguerite Abouet's vibrant writing. This reworked edition offers readers the chance to immerse themselves in Abouet's Yop City, bringing together the first three volumes of the series in Book One. Aya is the winner of the Best First Album award at the Angoulême International Comics Festival, the Children's Africana Book Award, and the Glyph Award; was nominated for the Quill Award, the YALSA's Great Graphic Novels list, and the Eisner Award; and was included on "best of" lists from The Washington Post, Booklist, Publishers Weekly, and School Library Journal."
Participants will need to procure the book on their own.