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August Wilson: American Century Cycle

Please join us virtually for a ten-week series where we will read and discuss plays written by renowned playwright  August Wilson. We will focus specifically on his American Century Cycle of ten plays, and read one play per week during this series. Raymond Maxwell, a member of the August Wilson Society, will facilitate. Please read each play before attending each session. To register, please contact my.nguyen@dc.gov The syllabus is as follows:

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The Intimidating Book Club: In Search of Lost Time

In the Shadow of Young Girls in Flower

Overview of The Intimidating Book Club Intended for those who have always wanted to read that one classic novel of gargantuan proportions but never did (or didn't finish). This group will read a notoriously lengthy book widely considered a classic, section by section, and meet monthly at 6:30 p.m. ET for a minimum one-hour discussion that may last through 8 p.m. Together, we'll get to the finish line. One word at a time.

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International Booker Prize: A reading discussion group

Please join me and others as we read and discuss novels that have won the Booker International Prize! We will meet virtually every other month at 6:30 PM ET beginning August 9, 2022. Meetings may last one to one and half hours. The first series will focus on winners from 2016-2018. Tuesday, August 9, 2022 The Vegetarian by Han Kang Translated by Deborah Smith

Shakespeare Society

Shakespeare Society: The Romances

The Shakespeare Society is a monthly Shakespeare reading and discussion group. We meet on the third Tuesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. We intend to read and discuss every single Shakespeare play in series-order, grouped in several series reflecting his tragedies, comedies, problem plays, romances and histories. There is no preferred edition. The West End Neighborhood Library's adult services librarian will facilitate the discussion. The group will continue to meet virtually. Please email my.nguyen@dc.gov for additional details.

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The Intimidating Book Club: The Brothers Karamazov, Books 7-9

When intoxication and confessions intertwine, results can be mixed -- but, honestly, results usually aren’t good. With inhibitions lowered, you may accidentally-on-purpose reveal to your stamp-hating compatriots that you’ve been an ardent philatelist all along.

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The Intimidating Book Club: The Brothers Karamazov, Books 10-11

Are eyeglasses Satanic? Surely not! But perhaps the narrator in The Brothers Karamazov thinks so.

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The Intimidating Book Club: The Brothers Karamazov, Books XII-Epilogue

We devoted and sometimes not-so-gentle readers of The Intimidating Book Club are neither too proud nor afraid to ask ourselves the hard questions while we do our reading: Why is War and Peace so long? What is George Eliot’s real name? Isn’t Don Quixote super annoying?

Shifting the Spotlight

Shifting the Spotlight Drama Book Club

Shifting the Spotlight Drama Book Club is a partnership between the DC Public Library and Theatre Prometheus. This group reads and discusses great plays that are too often excluded from the modern American stage, especially those by BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color) playwrights. Check out the Shifting the Spotlight landing page for more information about Theatre Prometheus. For more information, please contact my.nguyen@dc.gov

Mary Shelley

Daughters of Mary Shelley

A Monthly Book Club Discussing Speculative Fiction by Women Writers

This will be our second series of yearlong celebrations of women authors and their influence: in 2021 we read and discussed works by Jane Austen and other writers who examined issues of family, male-female relationships, the institutions that enforce gender roles, and the ability of individuals to bend or break the rules of those institutions.

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Shakespeare Society: Twelfth Night

What appeals to you -- Netflix and chill or Amazon Prime and commitment? Whatever your choice, either preference reveals a risk for excess and indolence. Binge watching all eleven seasons of The Walking Dead with your sweetheart may sound like a relaxing good time, but it’s also a recipe for deep vein thrombosis and a couch full of potato chip crumbs.

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