Classic Books Discussion Series at Covington

The Classic Book Discussion Series is a new program at the Covington Branch designed to provide readers with the opportunity to discuss books that have proved to be of enduring interest.  This season’s discussions began in September with Sinclair Lewis’ “Main Street” and will continue with one discussion each month, concluding in May with a modern retelling of the ancient story of "The Ramayana" by South Asian author R. K. Narayan. Diversity was an important selection criterion for the books we selected. The time range of the titles extends from 405 B.C.  when Aristophanes’ prize winning play, “The Frogs” first appeared on the Greek stage to 1963 A.D. when Betty Friedan’s groundbreaking “The Feminine Mystique” appeared on bookstore shelves. The settings span the globe from Minnesota to the Kingdom of Ayodhya in India. The titles to be discussed were selected from a long list of suggestions made by library staff members. The works selected include imaginative literature in the form of novels, plays and fiction, as well as nonfiction titles concerning issues in science and society. Each discussion is led by a different staff member with a particular interest in the book. Refreshments are always provided, with an eye towards what we are discussing –for example, at the December discussion of Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”, an English Christmas pudding was served.  Unlike traditional book clubs, it is not expected that attendees will read all, or even most, of the books and many people will come only for one or two books that particularly interest them, but it is hoped that many will wish to broaden their horizons by coming to several discussions. September 18  Sinclair Lewis’ “Main Street." was a literary sensation and outraged many [...]