The Fiction Book Group encourages its members to read and discuss together the fiction of the last several decades. We read recent winners of the National Book Award, the Pulitzer Prize, the Booker Prize, and the PEN/Faulkner Award, and other literary prizes. Members recommend books they have read, and the final selections are made by majority vote. Join us to discover some new authors and titles to enjoy. You’ll like the lively, informal discussions and the insights offered by the avid readers in this group.
September Book Selection: Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
Class coordinator is Kay Moss.
Three sessions: Thursdays, 1:15—2:45 p.m., September 25, October 23 and November 20
Nonfiction ranges widely: politics to biography; history to natural science; adventure to psychology; sociology to business—we read them all. Members recommend books they have read, and final selections are made by majority vote. Come join us and surprise yourself by reading some titles you might never have selected or enjoyed - PLUS enjoy the wide range of stimulating discussions and viewpoints!
September Book Selection: The Path Between the Seas: The Creation of the Panama Canal, 1870—1914 by David McCullough
Class coordinator is Jim Basford.
Four sessions: Thursdays, 10:00—11:30 a.m., September 18, October 16, November 20, and December 18
Those who read mysteries learn history, culture, and forensic information as well as development of characters. Of course, they also read about criminals, sleuths and the solution to the crime. There are categories such as cozy cottage and suspense. Come and discuss authors and titles. The topics for October and November will be decided in September.
The book for September is Tell No One by Harlen Coben.
Billy L. Smith retired in May 2012 from Roane State Community College after thirty-six years as a member of the mathematics department. She was named faculty emeritus upon retirement. She is a “Bookaholic” who particularly enjoys the mystery genre. During her "first retirement" from teaching she was involved in the book group at the YWCA and enjoyed doing book reviews.
Three sessions: Tuesdays, 4:00-5:10 p.m., September 23, October 28, and November 25
The art of poetry is flourishing across the country, and the community in Oak Ridge and neighboring areas of people writing poetry has also increased dramatically over the past ten years. A number of local, published poets have agreed to visit ORICL to read from their work and to speak with the class about their process of writing poetry. The poets are, in alphabetical order but not in order of appearance during the sessions—Bob and Beto Cumming, Donna Doyle, Sue Dunlap, Carol Grametbauer, Frank Jamison, Marilyn Kallet, Mona Raridon, Jane Sasser, Deb Scaperoth, Wes Sims, Arthur Smith, Arthur Stewart, and Sylvia Woods.
Connie Green is a graduate of ORHS, Auburn University, and UT. She taught writing at UT and published short stories, poetry, and novels for young people (including The War At Home, set in OR during WWII). Since 1978, she has written a personal column for The Loudon County News Herald. She belongs to numerous writing organizations.
Five sessions: Wednesdays, 2:30 - 3:40 p.m., October 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29
"Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale
Her infinite variety."
The Tragedy of Antony and Cleopatra, Act II, scene 2
You are invited to join a circle of learners who will read Shakespeare's drama of two real-life lovers struggling against insurmountable odds. Even though you know how the story ends, come join us for this wild ride! The group reads orally in a round-robin manner, stopping for informal discussions as the group desires. Mispronunciations welcome! Bring your own unabridged copy of the play. Various editions pose no problem. Interested listeners are also encouraged to enroll and should also bring their text.
Jane Williams and Nancy Burwell are retired educators who know that the best way to learn is to teach. They enjoy organizing the class and absorbing Shakespeare along with the other readers. They like to have fun while learning and have discovered that the more people reading the play to one another, the more fun!
Seven sessions: Tuesdays, 1:00 - 2:10 p.m., September 23, 30, October 7, 14, 21, 28, November 4
The book selection for September is Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain, followed by The King Must Die and Bull from the Sea by Mary Renault in October and November. Classic Literature will meet in the library of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church. The class is coordinated by Judy Kidd, but participants take turns leading discussions.
Judy Kidd has been active in Oak Ridge arts since 1957 and taught English for twenty five years at Robertsville Junior High. She participates in most ORICL book discussions and literature classes.
Four sessions: Mondays, 1:30 - 3:00 p.m., September 8, October 13, November 10 and December 8.
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