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Great Books uses the method of Shared Inquiry™ (http://nwgreatbooks.com/about/shared-inquiry/) to enrich people‘s lives by exploring the great ideas found in all types of literature: fiction, nonfiction, poetry and plays. Small groups of readers merge the ideas found in the readings with their combined experiences and understanding. You don‘t need to be any kind of expert to lead or to take part in a book discussion. Meetings are open, friendly and encourage everyone to share, discuss, question and explore. We go home from discussions exhilarated by new insights and with a sharpened understanding of important ideas. Learning becomes a lifelong, enriching experience. We broaden our view of history, sharpen our critical thinking skills, and relate the text to our own interpretations of complex situations and events. There’s more! We widen our circle of friends and have great times with people we enjoy! It’s amazing how much laughter can erupt from a serious discussion of a serious book . We’d like to believe that over time we come to understand ourselves better: how we think, what we think, and why. All books for the Annual Pacific Northwest Great Books Weekend Event are pre-read by the Board and chosen for the ability to sustain a rousing two hour discussion. Special effort is given to find pieces with: cultural diversity, different genres ie, plays, fiction, non-fiction, and pieces that have or will stand the test of time. Many of our titles have included classics and prize winning authors, but (in true Great Books fashion) we do not limit our selections based solely on book sales or as defined by others as classics.

Registration: Two nights of dorm lodging at Trimble Hall, six cafeteria meals, one set of four books, parking is free.. Please join us this June, meet new friends and renew enduring friendships! And for goodness sake, spread the word! Go to our website www.NWGreatBooks.com (http://nwgreatbooks.com/event/57th-annual-pacific-northwest-great-books-weekend-event/) for r (http://nwgreatbooks.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/56th-Pacific-Northwest-Great-Books-Weekend-Event.pdf)egistration form and additional details.

Upcoming events (4+)

Book Discussion: No One Is Talking About This (via ZOOM)

Ravenna Third Place Books

We'll use the Shared Inquiry Method to discuss this novel depicting the life of a social media influencer and the real life events that end up influencing her.

There are four guidelines for participating in a Great Books Discussion:
1. Read the work.
2. Discuss the work (use the text to support your ideas).
3. The leader is not an authority - there are no right/wrong responses.
4. Further the discussion by focusing on what you hear, not what you're going to say next.

Jan 25: No One Is Talking About This, by Patricia Lockwood

Zoom info will be posted here prior to the discussion.

Cindy[masked]
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Northeast Seattle Great Books Discussion Group

Ravenna Third Place Books

We use the Shared Inquiry Method to discuss interesting pieces of literature. Whether you’re a first time book club attendee or a lifetime member, you’ll be surprised at the deep, thoughtful, interesting, illuminating, and entertaining conversations that ensue!

There are four guidelines for participating in a Great Books Discussion:
1. Read the work.
2. Discuss the work. Use the text to support your ideas.
3. The leader is not an authority on the discussion. There are no right/wrong responses.
4. Further the discussion by listening to what others say and follow-up on the train of thought.

•Bring your copy of the reading.

READINGS FOR 2021:
Jan 26: Catch-22, by Joseph Heller
Feb 23: Born A Crime, by Trevor Noah
March 23: Ward #6, by Anton Chekov
April 27: Poetry
May 25: Lies My Teacher Told Me, by James Loewen (2018 edition)
June 22: The Bridge of San Luis Rey, by Thornton Wilder
July 27: Kindred, by Octavia E Butler
Aug 24: A Good Man is Hard to Find, by Flannery O'Connor
Sept 28: Macbeth, by Wm Shakespeare
Oct 26: Chronicle of a Death Foretold, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Nov 23: No-No Boy, by John Okada (if you buy it, please purchase the UW Press edition)
Dec: Party (location TBD)

I look forward to a year of discussions with you!
Cindy[masked]
[masked]

Northeast Seattle Great Books Discussion Group

Ravenna Third Place Books

We use the Shared Inquiry Method to discuss interesting pieces of literature. Whether you’re a first time book club attendee or a lifetime member, you’ll be surprised at the deep, thoughtful, interesting, illuminating, and entertaining conversations that ensue!

There are four guidelines for participating in a Great Books Discussion:
1. Read the work.
2. Discuss the work. Use the text to support your ideas.
3. The leader is not an authority on the discussion. There are no right/wrong responses.
4. Further the discussion by listening to what others say and follow-up on the train of thought.

•Bring your copy of the reading.

READINGS FOR 2021:
Jan 26: Catch-22, by Joseph Heller
Feb 23: Born A Crime, by Trevor Noah
March 23: Ward #6, by Anton Chekov
April 27: Poetry
May 25: Lies My Teacher Told Me, by James Loewen (2018 edition)
June 22: The Bridge of San Luis Rey, by Thornton Wilder
July 27: Kindred, by Octavia E Butler
Aug 24: A Good Man is Hard to Find, by Flannery O'Connor
Sept 28: Macbeth, by Wm Shakespeare
Oct 26: Chronicle of a Death Foretold, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Nov 23: No-No Boy, by John Okada (if you buy it, please purchase the UW Press edition)
Dec: Party (location TBD)

I look forward to a year of discussions with you!
Cindy[masked]
[masked]

Northeast Seattle Great Books Discussion Group

Ravenna Third Place Books

We use the Shared Inquiry Method to discuss interesting pieces of literature. Whether you’re a first time book club attendee or a lifetime member, you’ll be surprised at the deep, thoughtful, interesting, illuminating, and entertaining conversations that ensue!

There are four guidelines for participating in a Great Books Discussion:
1. Read the work.
2. Discuss the work. Use the text to support your ideas.
3. The leader is not an authority on the discussion. There are no right/wrong responses.
4. Further the discussion by listening to what others say and follow-up on the train of thought.

•Bring your copy of the reading.

READINGS FOR 2021:
Jan 26: Catch-22, by Joseph Heller
Feb 23: Born A Crime, by Trevor Noah
March 23: Ward #6, by Anton Chekov
April 27: Poetry
May 25: Lies My Teacher Told Me, by James Loewen (2018 edition)
June 22: The Bridge of San Luis Rey, by Thornton Wilder
July 27: Kindred, by Octavia E Butler
Aug 24: A Good Man is Hard to Find, by Flannery O'Connor
Sept 28: Macbeth, by Wm Shakespeare
Oct 26: Chronicle of a Death Foretold, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Nov 23: No-No Boy, by John Okada (if you buy it, please purchase the UW Press edition)
Dec: Party (location TBD)

I look forward to a year of discussions with you!
Cindy[masked]
[masked]

Past events (122)

CANCELLED! Great Books Discussion: No-No Boy, by John Okada

Ravenna Third Place Books

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