Looking for a booklist for inspiration for your next read? Do you want to learn more about our book discussion groups, maybe join one of our book clubs? We at Fairbanks North Star Borough Public Libraries have you covered!
Then & Now
Then & Now: Old Favorites and Similar New Titles & Authors – Sometimes ‘something old is new again’ is true in the world of authors and their writings, too. Here’s a list of older titles and authors paired with newer titles and authors that successfully revisit topics and themes of the past.
Great American Read
THE GREAT AMERICAN READ is an eight-part series by PBS that explores and celebrates the power of reading, told through the prism of America’s 100 best-loved novels (as chosen in a national survey). The list contains a broad range of fictional titles, authors, time periods, countries, genres and subject matter. The list includes books from as far back as the 1600s and as recent as 2016. Voting will open online and on social media with the launch of the two-hour premiere episode and continue throughout the summer, leading up to the finale in October 2018. Over the summer, viewers can vote online and through hashtag voting via Facebook and Twitter. In the fall, viewers will also be able to cast their votes by using SMS and toll-free voting.
To learn more about the Great American Read and to vote for your favorite title, visit http://www.pbs.org/the-great-american-read.
Book Clubs | Discussion Groups
Great Books Discussion Group
Readings for 2018
Noel Wien Library, Second Tuesday at 7:00 p.m., Group Study Room 2
These discussions generally follow the format and materials available through the Great Books Foundation. Having been through most of their readings, we now supplement with books of our own choosing. Members come from a variety of backgrounds and levels of education. The only requirements are a willingness to read carefully and an interest in discussing subjects that matter. Emphasis is on the experience of struggling to express our own interpretations and ideas rather than learning the latest opinions of academic specialists.
First-time participants should check with Pat Sackinger for copies of the selections and to verify the date. (Schedules sometimes change from the regular 2nd Tuesday. of the month).
All readings through May are selections from Great Books Foundation, Great Conversations 3
January 9 – pages 7 – 64
The Pardoner’s Tale by Geoffrey Chaucer; An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding by David Hume; A Defence of Poetry by Percy Shelley
February 13 – pages 65 – 164
The Unknown Masterpiece by Honore de Balzac; Second Epilogue to War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy; The Man Who Would Be King by Rudyard Kipling
March 13 – pages 165 – 270
Six Characters in Search of an Author by Luigi Pirandello; The Open Boat by Stephen Crane, Death in the Woods by Stephen Anderson
April 10 – pages 273 – 321
The Garden of Forking Paths by Jorge Luis Borges; Introduction to the Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir; An Interest in Life by Grace Paley.
May 8 – pages 325 – 384
Selected Poems by Wislawa Syzmborska; The Body of the Condemned by Michel Foucault; Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri.
June, July, August – no meeting
1984 by George Orwell; Great Books Foundation, Great Conversations 6 available for pick-up
All readings through December are selections from
Great Books Foundation, Great Conversations 6
October 9 – pages 7 – 96
On Tranquility of Mind by Seneca
The New Organon by Francis Bacon
A Letter Concerning Toleration by John Locke
November 6 – pages 97 – 192
Discourse Seven by Joshua Reynolds
The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayam by Edward Fitzgerald (trans.) / Robert Browning
The Lifted Veil by George Eliot
December 11 – pages 193 – 276
The Man that Corrupted Hadleyburg by Mark Twain
On the Advantages and Disadvantages of History for Life by Friedrich Nietzsche
The Devil Baby at Hull House by Jane Addams
Library Contact: Julia Troike – 459-1058 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Discussion Leader: Pat Sackinger – 479-6808
Updated: October 2018