Great Beginnings Book Club
Date(s) - Tuesday, October 12
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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The Great Beginnings Book Club meets on the second Tuesday of every month at 7:30 pm.
While our meeting room is closed, we are holding virtual meetings via Zoom. Book selections are posted at least several weeks in advance to give you a chance to focus on specific selections.
Moderated by John Donaldson.
New members are always welcome!
Our October 12th meeting features To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee.
We return to this classic and beloved novel every couple of years, often to highlight some particularly timely aspect. A fixture of school reading lists, To Kill A Mockingbird is not without controversy for its frank and potentially uncomfortable portrayal of racism and injustice in Depression-era America. This makes October – during which the American Library Association traditionally highlights works that attracted various censorship attempts – a fitting time to return this novel and reflect on the contemporary injustices that presents us with an obligation to overcome. Ironically, despite winning the Pulitzer Prize, the novel has been relatively neglected by critics and scholars, with a common criticism that the novel is too popular and childish in its contrivances. Nevertheless, the impact of To Kill A Mockingbird is assured as one of the most read and warmly remembered novels of the 20th century. Despite it often being tempting to focus on the legacy and reception of the novel rather than its actual plot, Lee’s nuanced portrayal of growing up amid unsettled circumstances is always a delight.
Copies of To Kill A Mockingbird will be reserved at Moffat Library between September 15th and October 12th. You can also obtain a copy on your own at the links below. Note that some titles may not be available in every format. Please feel free to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org if you are having difficulty getting a copy.
This program will be run virtually via Zoom. A link with instructions on accessing the meeting will be e-mailed to registrants the day before the program. Again, if you encounter any difficulty or have any questions, please contact us at email@example.com!