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The Classics and the Now Books

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Meet and Greet
April 1, 2022, 7:00–11:00 p.m. EDTOnline Event
A chance for everyone to say hello, whether its on camera or in the chat!
May 1: Animal Farm by George Orwell
May 1, 2022, 7:00–9:00 p.m. EDTOnline Event
Renowned urban artist Shepard Fairey's new look for Orwell's timeless satire 'All animals are equal. But some animals are more equal than others.'
June 1: The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka (2011)
June 1, 2022, 7:00–9:00 p.m. EDTOnline Event
The acclaimed author of When the Emperor Was Divine tells the story of a group of young women brought from Japan to San Francisco as “picture brides” a century ago in this "understated masterpiece ... that unfolds with great emotional power" (San Francisco Chronicle).
July 1: Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
July 1, 2022, 7:00–9:00 p.m. EDTOnline Event
A controversial tale of friendship and tragedy during the Great Depression
Aug 1: The Thousand Island Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell (2010)
August 1, 2022, 7:00–9:00 p.m. EDTOnline Event
A magnificent mix of luminous writing, prodigious research, and heedless imagination, The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet is the most impressive achievement of its eminent author.
Sept 1: The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
September 1, 2022, 7:00–9:00 p.m. EDTOnline Event
A fashionable young man sells his soul for eternal youth and beauty in Oscar Wilde's fascinating gothic tale.
Oct 1: Train Dreams, Denis Johnson (2011)
October 1, 2022, 7:00–9:00 p.m. EDTOnline Event
Denis Johnson's Train Dreams is an epic in miniature, one of his most evocative and poignant fictions.
Nov 1: Dracula by Bram Stoker
November 1, 2022, 7:00–9:00 p.m. EDTOnline Event
Dec 1: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
December 1, 2022, 7:00–9:00 p.m.Online Event
First published in 1843, it tells the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, a mean and unpleasant man who dislikes people generally and Christmas especially.
Jan 1: The Tiger's Wife by Tea Obreht (2011)
January 1, 2023, 7:00–9:00 p.m. ESTOnline Event
“Filled with astonishing immediacy and presence, fleshed out with detail that seems firsthand, The Tiger’s Wife is all the more remarkable for being the product not of observation but of imagination.”—The New York Times Book Review
Feb 1: The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
February 1, 2023, 7:00–9:00 p.m. ESTOnline Event
The Catcher in the Rye is a 1951 novel by J. D. Salinger. A controversial novel originally published for adults, it has since become popular with adolescents for its themes of teenage angst and alienation.
Mar 1: Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward (2012)
March 1, 2023, 7:00–9:00 p.m. ESTOnline Event
Jesmyn Ward, two-time National Book Award winner and author of Sing, Unburied, Sing, delivers a gritty but tender novel about family and poverty in the days leading up to Hurricane Katrina.
April 1: The Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner (2013)
April 1, 2023, 7:00–9:00 p.m. EDTOnline Event
“Superb…Scintillatingly alive…A pure explosion of now.”—The New Yorker
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