Wednesday, January 3, 2018

January 26,2018—"Annals," by Tacitus

We will meet January 26 to discuss The Annals by Roman historian and senator Tacitus. The Annals is a history of the Roman Empire from the reign of Tiberius to that of Nero, the years AD 14–68.

Meeting Information:
Location: Kansas City Public Library, Plaza Branch, Small Meeting Room
Address: 4801 Main Street, Kansas City, MO
Date: January 26, 2018
Time: 7:00 pm 

Friday, December 1, 2017

Reading & Meeting Schedule for 2018

January 26 — Annals, by Tacitus
February 23 — The Fire Next Time, by James Baldwin
March 30 — Luke, from the New Testament
April 27 — Richard II, by Shakespeare
May 25 — The Kreutzer Sonata, by Leo Tolstoy
June 29 — The Good Earth, by Pearl Buck
July 27 — Sons, by Pearl Buck
August 31 — A House Divided, by Pearl Buck
September 28 — Growth of the Soil, by Knut Hamsun
October 26 — The Reivers: A Reminiscence, by William Faulkner
December 7 — Songs from the Slums, by Kagawa Toyohiko

Saturday, October 28, 2017

December 1, 2017—Meditations by Marcus Aurelius


Next meeting is December 1, 2017. We will discuss Meditations by Marcus Aurelius. 


We will also select the books for our reading schedule for 2018. 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.
email address:  greatbookskc@gmail.com

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 1, 2017
Time: 7:00 pm

Saturday, September 30, 2017

October 27, 2017—Fear and Trembling by Søren Kierkegaard

The next meeting will be October 27, 2017. We will be discussing Fear and Trembling, by Søren Kierkegaard.


Link to Book (Many alternative links are available on line):

Meeting Information:
Location: Kansas City Public Library, Plaza Branch, Small Meeting Room
Address: 4801 Main Street, Kansas City, MO
Date: October 27, 2017
Time: 7:00 pm


Saturday, August 26, 2017

September 29, 2017—Obscure Books of the Bible


The next meeting will be September 29, 2017. We will be discussing some obscure books from the Old Testament:

Books to be discussed:
(the links are to the Revised Standard Version)

Meeting Information:
Location: Kansas City Public Library, Plaza Branch, Small Meeting Room
Address: 4801 Main Street, Kansas City, MO
Date: September 29, 2017
Time: 7:00 pm

Saturday, July 29, 2017

August 25, 2017, "Sugar Street," by Naguib Mahfouz

The next meeting is August 25, 2017, Plaza Library, 7:00 p.m.
We will discuss "Sugar Street," by Naguib Mahfouz

Meeting Information:
Location Kansas City Public Library, Plaza Branch, Small Meeting Room
Address: 4801 Main Street, Kansas City, MO
Date: August 25, 2017
Time: 7:00 pm

"Sugar Street" is a novel by Egyptian writer Naguib Mahfouz, and the third installment of Mahfouz's Cairo Trilogy.
A review and description of the book "Sugar Street" is at the following link:
http://www.complete-review.com/reviews/mahfouzn/cairo3.htm
Reviews and descriptions of the previous books in the trilogy are at the following links:
Palace Walk:
http://www.complete-review.com/reviews/mahfouzn/cairo1.htm
Palace of Desire:
http://www.complete-review.com/reviews/mahfouzn/cairo2.htm

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, July 1, 2017

July 28, 2017, "Palace of Desire," by Naguib Mahfouz


The next meeting is July 28, 2017, Plaza Library, 7:00p.m.
We will discuss Palace of Desire, by Naguib Mahfouz

Meeting Information:
Location: Kansas City Public Library, Plaza Branch, Small Meeting Room
Address: 4801 Main Street, Kansas City, MO
Date: July 28, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM

Description of Book
     Palace of Desire is a novel by Egyptian writer Naguib Mahfouz, and the second installment of Mahfouz's Cairo Trilogy. Palace of Desire continues the story begun in Palace Walk. The previous novel closed with the tragic death of Fahmy, the most promising of al-Sayyid Ahmad Abd al-Jawad's sons; this one begins five years later, and already the feel is a very different one. The impact of Fahmy's death is still being felt when Palace of Desire begins. 
    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, 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)