San Rafael Public Library

Monday Night Reading/Discussion Group

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December 4, 2017 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Library Meeting Room
1100 E St
San Rafael, CA 94901
Reference Desk

The Downtown library has a book club that usually meets on the 1st Monday of the month (except where noted for holidays) from 6:30 – 7:30 pm in the Library Meeting Room.
We read shorter classics, contemporary short stories, poems, articles, essays, plays, excerpts, and…? Participants have input on future readings.


March 6
Animal Farm
by George Orwell

April 3
The Prince
by Niccolo Machiavelli

May 1
American Nature Essays:
The Great Silence by Ted Chiang
Total Eclipse by Annie Dillard
High Tide in Tucson by Barbara Kingsolver

June 5
Masters of the Short Story: Tóibín, Trevor, & Barnes
The Empty Family by Colm Tóibín
Three People by William Trevor
The Things You Know by Julian Barnes

July 10
Down and Out with Jack & John (London & Steinbeck)
Jack London’s “Confession” from The Road
John Steinbeck’s The Harvest Gypsies, articles

August 7
Coyote: Sherman Alexie and Other Tricksters:
Two Short Stories:
Sherman Alexie’s “What You Pawn, I Will Redeem.” Read it here
Geoffrey Becker’s “Another Coyote Story” Read it here
Two traditional stories: “Coyote Marries a Man” and “Coyote Shows How He Can Lie”
Two poems: Martin Willatts’  “Coyote Dances With the Stars” and Lowell Jaeger’s “Why Dogs Smell Each Other’s Butts”

September 11 – (September 4 is Labor Day holiday)
True West,
a play by Sam Shepard
Here’s a link to the full-text:

October 2A Manual for Cleaning Women – Selected Stories by Lucia Berlin

November 6 Nadine Gordimer – Four Short Stories
We’ll be discussing four short stories by South African Writer and Nobel Prize Winner, Nadine Gordimer.
A Chip of Glass Ruby
Not for Publication
Six Feet of the Country
The Soft Voice of the Serpent

December 4Not The Christmas Carol – Holiday Stories by Gifted Writers

A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote

Christmas is a Sad Season for the Poor by John Cheever

The Dead by James Joyce

The Loudest Voice by Grace Paley



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