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
All readings December 2018- April 2019 are selections from
Great Books Foundation, Great Conversations 6
December 11 – pages 97 – 154
Discourse Seven by Joshua Reynolds
The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayam by Edward Fitzgerald (trans.) / Robert Browning
January 8 – pages 155-234
The Lifted Veil by George Eliot
The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg by Mark Twain
February 11 – pp.235-294
On The Advantage And Disadvantage Of History For Life by Frederick Nietzsche
The Devil Baby At Hull House by Jane Addams
The Man Who Could Work Miracles by H.G. Wells
March 11 – pp. 295 -446
Mario And The Magician by Thomas Mann
The Daughters Of The Late Colonel by Katherine Mansfield
R.U.R. by Karel Capek
April 9 – pp. 447-512
My Confessions by Mary McCarthy
Holy Week by Deborah Eisenberg
May 13, 2019
Murder In The Cathedral by T.S. Eliot
Library Contact: Julia Troike – 459-1058 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Discussion Leader: Pat Sackinger – 479-6808
Updated: December 2018