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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!


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

September 24
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
Discussion Leader: Pat Sackinger – 479-6808

Updated: October 2018

NOEL WIEN PUBLIC LIBRARY: 1215 Cowles St, Fairbanks, AK 99701. (907) 459-1020.
Monday-Wednesday: 10AM-9PM. Thursday - Friday: 10AM-6PM. Saturday: 10AM-5PM. Sunday: CLOSED.

NORTH POLE BRANCH LIBRARY: 656 NPHS Boulevard, North Pole, AK 99705. (907) 488-6101.
Tuesday: 11AM-9PM. Wednesday-Friday: 11AM-6:00PM. Saturday: 11AM-5PM. [Closed on Sundays & Mondays.]