Many of you may have already heard about our meeting/reading schedule change, but if you haven’t, read on. In short, we’ll be finishing the novel and the epilogue at our May meetings. After some consideration, the other leaders and I felt that the change would preserve momentum and give us more time to plan our next Mission Impossible program. The last assignment – the epilogue – is also easily absorbed into our May readings, which still amount to less than 300 pages. Thanks for your understanding!
Registration for our six discussion sections will officially begin this Wednesday night (8/10) at our kickoff meeting. Starting at about 1pm on 8/11, I’ll enable self-serve registration via our online calendar. If you prefer to register by phone, call 847-448-8620 for the Reader’s Services Desk (but do not call to register before 1pm on 8/11). For now, here’s a preview of the discussion sections. Please note: they’ll begin during the week of September 12 and run every other month through July 2012.
- Tuesday, 6pm, Celtic Knot, Leader: Karen Hansen
- Wednesday, 6pm, Brothers K Coffeehouse, Leader: Neil Lukatch
- Wednesday, 7pm, Small Meeting Room (Main Library), Leader: Lesley Williams
- Thursday, 1pm, Small Meeting Room (Main Library), Leader: Genevieve Guran
- Thursday, 2pm, Celtic Knot, Leader: Karen Hansen
- Thursday, 3pm, Small Meeting Room (Main Library), Leader: Russell Johnson
- Thursday, 7pm, Small Meeting Room (Main Library), Leader: John Stahl
You may have noticed that I don’t have a North Branch group listed. I simply don’t have anyone to lead it. If you might be interested, please contact me at 847-448-8643 or by email at email@example.com. At Wednesday night’s meeting, I’ll make a list of those interested in attending a north Evanston group.
Believe it or not, it’s that time again – time to tackle another “impossible” novel. Now that many of you have conquered Ulysses, War and Peace should more or less feel like a breeze. Why War and Peace? Like Ulysses, it stands in my mind as a novel too intimidating and too long to possibly finish – two great reasons to tackle it with Mission Impossible. Though they might turn out to be unfounded, I know my sentiments are not unique other readers. Then, there are those of you who have already read War and Peace and therefore may wonder about the value of reading it again. I always say that discussing a book with other people will give you a richer reading experience. Group interaction is a great catalyst for new insights.
With all of that said, I invite you to take up your novels and join me again for another literary journey. Our kickoff meeting is on August 10, 6:30pm, in the Community Meeting Room. We’re privileged to welcome Dr. Irwin Weil, who will deliver an introductory lecture on the novel. Dr. Weil is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literature at Northwestern University, where he has been teaching for more than 40 years. At this kickoff meeting, we’ll have a limited number of copies of the novel available for checkout. We’ll also handle sign-ups for discussion sections. More information about this meeting and discussion times and locations will be forthcoming.