Saturday, May 27, 2017

June 30, 2017, "Palace Walk," by Naguib Mahfouz

The next meeting is June 30, 2017, Plaza Library, 7:00p.m. 
We will discuss Palace Walk, by Naguib Mahfouz

Meeting Information:
Location: Kansas City Public Library, Plaza Branch, Small Meeting Room
Address: 4801 Main Street, Kansas City, MO
Date: June 30, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM

Palace Walk is a novel by Egyptian writer Naguib Mahfouz, and the first installment of Mahfouz's Cairo Trilogy. Originally published in 1956 the book was translated into English in 1990. The setting of the novel is Cairo during and just after World War I.

The book's Arabic title translates literally into 'between two palaces' — a phrase which highlights the cultural and political transition Egypt experienced at this time, developments brought into focus by the lives of the el-Gawad family.

Naguib Mahfouz (1911– 2006) was from Egypt, was one of the first contemporary writers of Arabic literature, and was winner of the 1988 Nobel Prize for Literature.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

"Cymbeline," by Shakespeare

The next meeting is May 26, 2017, , Plaza Library, 7:00p.m. 
We will discuss Cymbeline, by Shakespeare

Meeting Information:
Location: Kansas City Public Library, Plaza Branch, Small Meeting Room
Address: 4801 Main Street, Kansas City, MO
Date: May 26, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM

Cymbeline also known as Cymbeline, King of Britain, is a play by William Shakespeare, set in Ancient Britain and based on legends that formed part of the Matter of Britain concerning the early Celtic British King Cunobeline. Although listed as a tragedy in the First Folio, modern critics often classify Cymbeline as a romance or even a comedy. Like Othello and The Winter's Tale, it deals with the themes of innocence and jealousy. While the precise date of composition remains unknown, the play was certainly produced as early as 1611.

Photo

Here's a photo of the group that met April 28, 2017 to discuss lyrics by Bob Dylan. It includes Charlie Kline, Bernard Norcott/Mahany, David Bluford, June Seat, John Rasmus, Tim Lavin, Leroy Seat, Rex Nowland, Tom Brown, Sarah Whitlock, Marilyn Whitlock, Karen Hostetler, Clif Hostetler(behind the camera)



Sunday, April 2, 2017

April 28, 2017—Bob Dylan lyrics


Next meeting is April 28, 2017, Plaza Library, 7:00p.m.
We'll be discussing lyrics by Bob Dylan.

It is suggested that our discussion will concentrate on song lyrics written by Bob Dylan by 1967 or earlier. However, there's an abundance of additional material by and about Dylan that can be referenced, including several books authored by Bob Dylan. Lyrics less that 50 years of age will be permitted (if they're good).

Wikipedia lists a total of 38 albums by Dylan (400± songs), but only albums published at least 50 years ago are included in the list below. The first album is not included because it contained only two songs written by Bob Dylan, and they are not well known. Lyrics for one of the songs on the 2nd album is not included because it was not authored by Dylan. Musical versions of many of Dylan's songs are available on YouTube, and if not by sung by Dylan there are almost always performances by other singers.

The following are links to Dylan song lyrics listed by album. 

The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan (1963, 2nd Album)

The Times They Are a-Changin' (1964, 3rd Album)

Another Side of Bob Dylan (1964, 4th Album) 

Bringing It All Back Home (1965, 5th Album)

Highway 61 Revisited (1965, 6th Album)

Blonde on Blonde (1966, 7th Album) 

John Wesley Harding (1967, 8th Album)

Here's an alternative link to a select group of lyrics:
Another alternative is this book of all the lyrics:
The Lyrics 1961-2012, by Bob Dylan

There's also this older version of the above book:

Here are some books written by Bob Dylan:
Chronicles: Volume Oneby Bob Dylan (memoir)
Tarantulaby Bob Dylan (fiction prose, lyrics & poetry)
If Not For You, by Bob Dylan (children's book)
Man Who Gave Names to All the Animals, by Dylan, Bob (children's book)
Forever Youngby Bob Dylan  (children's book)
Blowin' in the Wind, by Bob Dylan (children's book with CD)
If Dogs Run Freeby Bob Dylan (children's book with CD) 

Biography of Bob Dylan:
Down the Highway: The Life of Bob Dylan, by Howard Sounes, published in 2001, updated version published 2011

Saturday, February 25, 2017

March 31, 2017—"A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other Stories" by Flannery O'Connor


Next meeting is March 31, 2017. We will be discussing the book A Good Man is Hard to Find, by Flannery O’Connor.

Meeting Information:
Location: Kansas City Public Library, Plaza Branch, Small Meeting Room
Address: 4801 Main Street, Kansas City, MO
Date: March 31, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM

A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other Stories is a collection of short stories first published in 1955. The subjects of the short stories range from baptism ("The River") to serial killers ("A Good Man Is Hard to Find") to human greed and exploitation ("The Life You Save May Be Your Own"). The majority of the stories include jarring violent scenes that make the characters undergo a spiritual change. The short stories commonly have tones of Catholicism related to life and death scenarios.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

February 24, 2017— Native Son, by Richard Wright


Next meeting is February 24, 2017. We will be discussing the book Native Son, by Richard Wright.

Meeting Information:
Location: Kansas City Public Library, Plaza Branch, Small Meeting Room
Address: 4801 Main Street, Kansas City, MO
Date: February 24, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM

Native Son (1940) is a novel written by African-American author Richard Wright. The novel tells the story of 20-year-old Bigger Thomas, an African-American youth living in utter poverty in a poor area on Chicago'sSouth Side in the 1930s.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

January 20, 2017— "Silence" by Shusaku Endo

Next meeting is January 20, 2017 (third friday of the Month). We will be discussing the book Silence by Shusaku Endo.

Meeting Information:
Location: Kansas City Public Library, Plaza Branch, Small Meeting Room
Address: 4801 Main Street, Kansas City, MO
Date: January 20, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM


We are meeting on the third friday instead of the last friday because the Plaza Library will be closed January 23-27 to do RFID upgrade.


Saturday, December 3, 2016

2017 Schedule


The Schedule for 2017
January 20, 2017— Silence by Shusaku Endo
          *(the above is the 3rd Friday, not the usual last Friday of the month)
February 24, 2017— Native Son, by Richard Wright 
March 31, 2017 — A Good Man is Hard to Findby Flannery O’Connor
April 28, 2017—Selected song lyrics by Bob Dylan
May 26, 2017 Cymbeline, by Shakespeare
June 30, 2017— Palace Walk (Cairo Triology) by Naguib Mahfouz
July 28, 2017— Palace of Desire (Cairo Triology) by Naguib Mahfouz
August 25, 2017— Sugar Street (Cairo Triology) by Naguib Mahfouz
October 27, 2017— Fear and Trembling, by Soren Kierkegaard
December 1, 2017— Meditations, by Marcus Aurelius
Note:
          * The last Friday of January wasn't available because the library is closed for RFID conversion.
         

Saturday, October 29, 2016

December 2, 2016—Poems by Sappho

Next meeting is December 2, 2016. We will discuss poems by Sappho. The recommended translation is If Not, Winter: Fragments of Sappho by Anne Carson. However, if you are unable to obtain a copy we make the following link to translations of select poems. 

The link below is to select poems by Sappho:
http://greatpoemskc.blogspot.com/2016/11/poems-by-sappho.html

We will also select the books for our reading schedule for 2017. Bring your nominations and be prepared to explain why you selected them. Send you nominations to the following email address and I'll add them to a printed list to be distributed at the meeting.
The following are some links regarding our book selections:

Meeting Information:
Location: Kansas City Public Library, Plaza Branch, Small Meeting Room
Address: 4801 Main Street, Kansas City, MO
Date: December 2, 2016
Time: 7:00 pm

Sappho was a Greek lyric poet from the island of Lesbos. She was born sometime between 630 and 612 BCE, and it is said that she died around 570 BCE, but little is known for certain about her life. Sappho's poetry was well-known and greatly admired through much of antiquity, and she was considered one of the canon of nine lyric poets. However, most of her poetry is now lost, and survives only in fragmentary form.


Monday, October 3, 2016

October 28, 2016—Dream of the Red Chamber


Next meeting is October 28, 2016. We will discuss Dream of the Red Chamber (also titled Hónglóu Mèng (紅樓夢)) by Cao Xueqin. It is considered to be one of China's four great classical novels. The following is a link to the Wikipedia article about Dream of the Red Chamber.

Meeting Information:
Location: Kansas City Public Library, Plaza Branch, Small Meeting Room
Address: 4801 Main Street, Kansas City, MO
Date: October 28, 2016
Time: 7:00 pm

The recommended translation is published as part of the Penguin Classics:
The Story of the Stone, or The Dream of the Red Chamber, Volume 1: The Golden Days
Paperback: 540 pages, Chapter 1 to 26 — David Hawkes, translator 
Please note that the above book is Volume 1 of a five volume series. You're welcome to read the whole series if you want to be that ambitious (total of 2,572 pages). But our discussion will focus on Volume 1: The Golden Days.