What we're about

We are a book club focussing on significant works of fiction, both classics and modern major prize-winners. We meet on the first Thursday evening of each month at Freed-Montrose Library, 4100 Montrose Blvd. We invite you to join us at our meetings, and for a social hour following.

• See what we read and how we select books
http://bit.ly/hmgb-reading-list-doc .

• See our schedule for upcoming discussions
https://www.meetup.com/HoustonMontroseGreatBooks/events/

• Book Selection Team
https://groups.io/g/HMGB-Team

We are affiliated with Houston Great Books http://www.houstongreatbooks.net and recommend that you visit their website for other book clubs of interest.

Meetings

COVID-19 NOTICE: AT THIS TIME, THE LIBRARY IS CLOSED AND WE ARE MEETING ONLINE USING THE REMOTE MEETING APPLICATION "ZOOM". YOU MAY SIGN UP FOR A DISCUSSION, AND INSTRUCTIONS WILL BE PROVIDED HOW TO CONNECT WITH US ONLINE. NO SOFTWARE IS REQUIRED.

are held 6:00-7:45pm on the first Thursday of each month, at The Freed-Montrose Neighborhood Library, located at 4100 Montrose, Houston, Texas 77006, just north of Richmond. After each meeting we enjoy a social hour at a place to be named in the meeting. You do not need to RSVP, but if you do it helps us arrange for seating at the following social hour at the Black Lab Pub. You may attend any or all meetings at your choice, regardless of whether you have read the month's book selection. (We ask that only those who have read the book participate actively in the discussions.)

Parking

You may park on the neighborhood streets (observe relevant parking signs) or in a privately-managed, paid parking garage behind the library, accessible from Colquitt. You may obtain free parking tokens to exit the garage if you patronize the Black Lab or adjoining businesses.

Upcoming events (5)

Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev - Led by Jerome

Online event

Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev When a young graduate returns home he is accompanied, much to his father and uncle's discomfort, by a strange friend "who doesn't acknowledge any authorities, who doesn't accept a single principle on faith." Turgenev's masterpiece of generational conflict shocked Russian society when it was published in 1862 and continues today to seem as fresh and outspoken as it did to those who first encountered its nihilistic hero. ============================================== We will hold this meeting online using ZOOM. You can join by computer, tablet, smartphone, or listen in with ordinary telephone. FOR SECURITY, THE INTERNET LINK (URL) TO THE MEETING WILL BE REVEALED ONLY AFTER YOU RSVP TO THIS MEETING. > You can also listen in (audio only) by ordinary telephone. Instructions will be emailed the day of the meeting to people who RSVP > If you are new to ZOOM, please watch this getting started video: https://youtu.be/9isp3qPeQ0E ================================================================ See our complete reading list at http://bit.ly/hmgb-reading-list-doc

Great Books Salon with Elizabeth Crook: "The Which Way Tree"

Great Books Salon with Elizabeth Crook, author of "The Which Way Tree" BOOK DISCUSSION AND LIVE INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR Led by Christi, Rajiv, and Allan "The story of a young girl's frightening and poignant odyssey to track down the panther that killed her mother. ... In the tradition of the great pursuit narratives, The Which Way Tree is a breathtaking saga of one steadfast girl’s revenge against an implacable and unknowable beast. Yet with the comedic undertones of Benjamin’s storytelling, it is also a timeless tale full of warmth and humor, and a testament to the enduring love of a brother and sister caught up in a perilous adventure that takes on the dimensions of a legend." You can obtain the book with this link. (A portion of the cost benefits the Houston Great Books Council.) The Which Way Tree by Elizabeth Crook https://amzn.to/31Hagot After we discuss the book among ourselves, Elizabeth Crook joins us live to give the author's view in an interview and panel discussion. If you have questions you would like Elizabeth to address, please send them me through Meetup by September 6th. Read more about Elizabeth Crook at her website http://www.elizabethcrookbooks.com ========================= PROGRAM 6:45 - 7.00: Drop in, say hi, check your audio/video. To avoid disruption, please enter the meeting prior to 7pm. 7:00 - 8:00: Discussion of the book by all readers. 8:00 - 9:00: Elizabeth Crook joins us live for a panel discussion. ========================= JOINING THIS MEETING We will hold this meeting online using ZOOM. > You can join by computer, tablet, smartphone, or listen in with ordinary telephone. > Connection information will be provided shortly before the event to those who RSVP > If you are new to ZOOM, please watch this getting started video: https://youtu.be/9isp3qPeQ0E ========================= ABOUT GREAT BOOKS SALON Great Books Salon is an online-only series of discussions of wide-ranging short fiction. We'll cover short novels, short stories, maybe some poetry or plays. Some classics ... some so contemporary they haven't been "discovered" yet. Often we will feature works by living writers, with the author joining for live real-time engagement. Great Books Salon will be held monthly or bi-monthly, on a varying schedule.

The Three Theban Plays by Sophocles - Led by Annie

Online event

The Three Theban Plays: Antigone; Oedipus the King; Oedipus at Colonus The heroic Greek dramas that have moved theatergoers and readers since the fifth century B.C. Towering over the rest of Greek tragedy, the three plays that tell the story of the fated Theban royal family—Antigone, Oedipus the King and Oedipus at Colonus—are among the most enduring and timeless dramas ever written. Robert Fagles's authoritative and acclaimed translation conveys all of Sophocles's lucidity and power: the cut and thrust of his dialogue, his ironic edge, the surge and majesty of his choruses and, above all, the agonies and triumphs of his characters. This Penguin Classics edition features an introduction and notes by the renowned classicist Bernard Knox. https://amzn.to/3fkUH9x ============================================== NOTE ON LOCATION OR ONLINE CONNECTION: Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, we don't know when we will be able to resume meetings in person. Please check back closer to the date of the event for either the online meeting details or physical location. If will hold this meeting online using ZOOM, you can join by computer, tablet, smartphone, or listen in with ordinary telephone. ================================================================ See our complete reading list at http://bit.ly/hmgb-reading-list-doc

Great Books Salon with Aminatta Forna: "The Hired Man"

Online event

BOOK DISCUSSION AND LIVE INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR Led by Christi, Rajiv, and Allan "The Hired Man" by Aminatta Forna https://amzn.to/3iwnz0T (A portion of the cost benefits the Houston Great Books Council.) “Forna is a born storyteller, but she plies a new mode here....[she] elegantly depicts the mind of a man giving in, at last, to the call of the past. Not since Remains of the Day has an author so skillfully revealed the way history’s layers are often invisible to all but its participants, who do what they must to survive. Skills acquired in war do, in fact, translate well to subsistence living. In this gorgeous novel, Aminatta Forna shows what doesn’t translate, however, and what makes war’s aftermath so long, melancholy, and deadly.” -- John Freeman for The Boston Globe After we discuss the book among ourselves, author Aminatta Forna joins us live to give the author's view in a panel discussion. If you have questions you would like Aminatta to address, please send them to us through Meetup by a week prior to the meeting. Learn more about Aminatta Forna at her website https://aminattaforna.com/ ========================= PROGRAM (Times are CDT = UTC-5) 4:45 - 5.00: Drop in, say hi, check your audio/video. To avoid disruption, please enter the meeting prior to 5pm. 5:00 - 6:00: Discussion of the book by all readers. 6:00 - 7:00: Aminatta Forna joins us live for a panel discussion. ========================= JOINING THIS MEETING We will hold this meeting online using ZOOM. You are welcome to join, even if you are not in the Houston area. > You can join by computer, tablet, smartphone, or listen in with ordinary telephone. > Connection information will be provided shortly before the event to those who RSVP > If you are new to ZOOM, please watch this getting started video: https://youtu.be/9isp3qPeQ0E ========================= ABOUT GREAT BOOKS SALON Great Books Salon is an online-only series of discussions of wide-ranging short fiction. We'll cover short novels, short stories, maybe some poetry or plays. Some classics ... some so contemporary they haven't been "discovered" yet. Often we will feature works by living writers, with the author joining for live real-time engagement. Great Books Salon will be held monthly or bi-monthly, on a varying schedule. We are an activity of the Houston Great Books Network and Houston Montrose Great Books. https://www.meetup.com/HoustonMontroseGreatBooks/ http://www.houstongreatbooks.net/

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