Next January marks the beginning of the fifth year of the Chicago-themed Cliff Dwellers Book Club. We are launching the year with Stuart Dybek’s The Coast of Chicago on January 27. Mr. Dybek will be attending the discussion. Participation for all discussions is free and open to the public. We begin promptly at 11:00 am on the fourth Saturday of the month. The discussion usually lasts an hour. Many of us stay for lunch at the club afterwards. The Cliff Dwellers is located at 200 S. Michigan Avenue, across the street from the Art Institute. Please contact me at the email address below if you have queries.
2018 CLIFF DWELLERS BOOK CLUB READING LIST
January 27-The Coast of Chicago-Stuart Dybek
February 24- A Surprised Queenhood in the New Black Sun: The Life and Legacy of Gwendolyn Brooks-Angela Jackson
March 24-The South Side- Natalie Moore
April 28- 1001 Afternoons in Chicago-Ben Hecht
May 26-City of Scoundrels- Gary Krist
June 23- Life Itself-Roger Ebert
July 28- Playboy and the Making of the Good Life in Modern America-Elizabeth Fraterrigo
August 25-To Sleep with the Angels- David Cowan and John Kuenster
September 22-The Lazarus Project –Aleksander Hemon
October 27-The Logic of a Rose-Billy Lombardo
November 24-Forever Open, Clear and Free-Lois Wille
Moderator for the book club is Richard Reeder, who can be contacted at email@example.com
I hope that you will join me on Wednesday evening, September 27, at 7:30 at the Glencoe Public Library as I discuss the six novels that were selected for this year’s Man Booker Literary Prize Shortlist. The winner will be announced on October 17 at a ceremony in London. Here are the shortlisted novels:
4321 by Paul Auster
History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund
Exit West by Moshin Hamid
Elmet by Fiona Mozley
Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
Autumn by Ali Smith
I will be teaching two literature courses, The Forsyte Saga and Chekhov’s Short Stories at the Oakton Community College Emeritus Program during the Fall 2017 semester. I will be co-teaching the Chekhov course with my friend and colleague Bob Boone. Written by Nobel Prize-winning author John Galsworthy, The Forsyte Saga is considered by many to be some of the best British fiction ever written and consists of three novels and two interludes. It chronicles the vicissitudes of the upper-middle class Forsyte family from late Victorian England through the aftermath of the First World War.
There is a brilliant conciseness and purposeful functionality in the characterizations and dialogues of Chekhov’s short stories that have set the bar for all writers. His carefully crafted writing resonates with honesty and compassion, allowing the readers to explore the motivations and actions of his characters. The Forsyte Saga will meet five consecutive Thursday mornings at 10:00-11:30 from October 5 through November 2; Chekhov’s Short Stories will meet six consecutive Tuesday mornings at 10:00-11:30 from October 10 through November 14. You may register online at http://www.oakton.edu/conted or call 847-982-9888.
The Glencoe Public Library is launching its new Big Books series this spring with James Joyce’s Ulysses. I have the distinct honor of being the instructor for the course. There will be nine evening sessions, on Thursdays from 7:00 to 8:30, starting on April 6th. The course is free, and open to all, though Glencoe residents have priority if the class fills up. If you are interested in registering, please call the library at 847-835-5056.
JUNE 12-19, 2017
“TRAVEL JAMES JOYCE’S DUBLIN WITH RICHARD REEDER”
Stroll the same streets that inspired the literary genius of James Joyce!
There is nothing as special as Dublin in June!
On this visit to Dublin you will attend Ulysses and other James Joyce related activities at venues such as:
The National Library, James Joyce Centre, Trinity College, and a Celebration of Bloomsday in Dublin City Centre and Sandycove.
• Price: $2750 per person based on double occupancy
• Deposit of $250 per person required to confirm your participation
• Balance due April 3, 2017
• Travel Insurance additional $199
• Limited Space, don’t miss out
What is Included?
Round-trip nonstop flights (Chicago-Dublin), Hotel accommodations for 6 nights, airport transfers, daily breakfast
Hop on Hop Off bus tour with the Dublin Pass to explore the city and its sites on your own
Your choice of a visit to either the Guinness Storehouse or the Teeling Distillery
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6571 N. Avondale , Chicago, IL
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Dr. Janusz Korczak was one of the most innovative European educators during the first half of the twentieth century. His book, King Matt the First, remains as one of the most beloved children’s stories in Poland. Dr. Korczak played a heroic role during the Holocaust, serving as a guardian of orphans in the doomed Warsaw Ghetto. I have the distinct honor of moderating a panel discussing the life and times of Dr. Korczak on the evening of November 16, at the Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation in Evanston, starting at 7:30.
The distinguished panel includes Ron Grossman, prominent journalist and social historian who writes for the Chicago Tribune; Marlene Targ Brill, award-winning author, and Dr. Ronald Swartz, Professor Emeritus of education and philosophy at Oakland University. Admission is $6.00. Free to JRC members.
I will be teaching a course on Chicago in the 1950s at the Oakton Community College Emeritus program in at the Skokie starting January 26. There is still time to enroll at http://www.oakton.edu/conted or you may call 847-982-9888. The 1950s was arguably the most transformative decade in the history of Chicago. Our class will delve into the significant cultural, political, economic and social changes which impacted the city at that time. Also, we will explore the breakthrough innovations emerging in the city during that decade which ultimately redefined the nation’s social fabric during the second half of the twentieth century. Thomas Dyja’s book, The Third Coast: When Chicago Built the American Dream, will be our major resource during this course. Classes will meet on six consecutive Tuesday mornings from 10 am until 11:30 am, ending on March 1.