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January 14, 2009


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Heather J.

Perfect timing with the short story theme - my book club is discussing Jhumpa Lahiri's Interpreter of Maladies this month, and I'm looking for tips on how to discuss short story collections. The theme of the Sins book has given my some ideas.

Also, I've looked into Great Books clubs in my area but I'm sad to say there aren't any active groups that are local. I was really intrigued by the format of the clubs and had hoped to get involved with one. Oh well, it's not like I need any excuse to read more!

Judith McCue

If there is no active Great Books group in your area, why not start one? The Great Books Foundation offers training for discussion leaders in many parts of the country. Check out the website,, for a location near you.

To experience what it's like to participate in Great Books discussions and sample some of the delights of Chicago, join us for a weekend of Great Books Chicago, May 1 - May 3, 2009. This year's theme for readings and related cultural events is, "In the Eye of the Beholder'. Activities and registration details can be found at

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