¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†Always New!¬† Join six LLI members as they lead interesting and lively discussions of contemporary titles and old classics.
September 21 ‚Äď The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie. Facilitator Michael Mugnolo
In 1920 the Agatha Christie introduced one of literature‚Äôs most enduring characters‚ÄĒand would go on to become the most prolific author in history.¬† Hercule Poirot, her thoughtful, intellectual, eccentric and impeccably attired detective whom she later came to loathe would appear in her subsequent works for over 50 years. He was said to be more disturbed by a speck of dust on his waistcoat than by a pool of blood at his feet.
September 28 ‚Äď The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett. Facilitator Mark Albertson
First appearing in serial form in 1929, this crime classic is rife with hard-hitting characters and snappy dialogue.¬† Having been a Pinkerton detective, Hammett offers Sam Spade as that hard-boiled shamus characterizing his era. With his long and bony jaw and jutting V-shaped chin, he is a no-nonsense character of determination and confidence. A motif is carried forward in Spade‚Äôs dialogue throughout the entire book, appealing to your imagination and conjuring up images.
October 5 – Two Novellas by Jim Harrison. Facilitator Richard Auwater
In these two novellas, two men confront inconvenient loves and the encroachment of civilization on nature:
Land of Unlikeness. Clive, a failed artist, divorced and struggling with aging, reluctantly returns to his family‚Äôs farmhouse to care for his aging mother, renews his love of a high school sweetheart, his relationship with his estranged daughter and his own lost love of painting.
The River Swimmer. Thad, a farm boy, is irresistibly and magically drawn to swimming to cope with life out of water and coming of age on dry land.¬† In the process he sees other worldly creatures in the water.¬† Themes such as the powers of sexuality and violence, the uses of art, the line between sanity and madness and the shadow of mortality are addressed with insight and poignant humor.
October 19 – A Month in the Country by J.L. Carr. Facilitator Miwako Ogasawara
A gentle elegy for the time long passed, the narrator, Tom Birkin, reflects on a summer in a small Yorkshire village in 1920. Near destitute and still shaken by his war experience and broken marriage, he worked as a restorer of a medieval mural at the village church. With unexpected friendships and a hint of ‚Äúlove,‚ÄĚ Tom had a summer of healing and restoration.¬†
October 26 – Transatlantic by Colum McCann.¬† Facilitator Heather Hopkins
The author takes us on memorable crossings of the Atlantic Ocean from North America to Ireland ‚Äď that of Frederick Douglas in 1845, the first non-stop flight in 1919 and those of former Senator George Mitchell in the 1990‚Äôs.¬† Interwoven with and connecting these accounts are the stories of four generations of remarkable women.
November 2 – The Children Act by Ian McEwan. Facilitator Morgan Corrigan.
Fiona Maye is a leading British High Court judge who presides over cases in the family division and renowned for her intelligence, exactitude and sensitivity. Her professional success belies private sorrow and domestic strife. She is called on to hear an urgent case involving a mother, father and their 17-year old son who, for religious reasons, refuse medical treatment that could save his life. During the trial, Fiona visits the hospitalized boy ‚Äď an encounter that stirs long-buried feelings in her and powerful emotions in him leading to momentous consequences for them both.
6 sessions starting Monday, Sept. 21 at 1:10 PM