What we're about

In this group, we'll explore the Stories that Matter in our lives: From the classics of literature, film, even the stories we tell ourselves about our own lives.

We will approach them several different ways.

Deep Reads: We will regularly select a longer text, and spend months working through it, savoring it.

Shorter Works/Films: Other times, we will select a short text or film to consume in one setting.

Stories of Our Lives: Otherwise, we will find ways to connect around the things that make life worth living.

The organizer, Sean Doyle, is the author of Mud and Dreams; Essays on falling deeper in life ( https://amzn.to/2xDQSYQ ) and taught positive psychology at NCSU for a decade. Whether I intend it or not, every meeting we will draw from the science of happiness, well-being and flourishing. For more info, see http://www.JohnSeanDoyle.com

Upcoming events (4+)

World Fiction: The Nine Guardians by Rosario Castellanos

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https://archive.org/details/isbn_9780930523909_0/mode/2up?q=The+nine+guardians

Reading list:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1rxKROLYcGowVpFkBgD7bDZv-tB-6Qa84LMjvILVm_H8/mobilebasic

Deep Reads: "Midnight's Children" by Salman Rushdie (1 of 3 sessions)

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Several members requested one of Salman Rushdie's works. Over a period of three months, we will read Midnight's Children. You can get a copy here. (and if you do, a few pennies will go to help support the cost of the meetup).

The novel is about India's transition from British colonial rule to independence and partition. In it, the protagonist and narrator, Saleem Sinai, born precisely at midnight 15 August 1947, the exact moment when India became an independent country. He later discovers that all children born in India between 12 a.m. and 1 a.m. on that date are imbued with special powers.

This postcolonial, postmodern and magical realist story won the Booker Prize in 1981 and was awarded the "Booker of Bookers" Prize and the best all-time prize winners in 1993 and 2008 to celebrate the Booker Prize 25th and 40th anniversary.

The novel is broken into three books. While the pace is a little slower than we typically take, those seem to be convenient breaking points and will give us the chance to savor the postmodernist text! This first month we will read Book I.

Want to help support the meetup? A few of you generously asked if you could help support the cost of the meetup. It costs me about $180/year ($90 twice a year) If you would like to contribute $5, $10, $20 or any amount the easiest way is venmo: @JohnSeanDoyle or just reach out to me directly. Thanks for considering it!

World Fiction: Awaiting Trespass by Linda Ty-Casper

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https://archive.org/details/awaitingtrespass00tyca/mode/2up?q=%22ty-casper%22

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1rxKROLYcGowVpFkBgD7bDZv-tB-6Qa84LMjvILVm_H8/mobilebasic

Deep Reads: "Midnight's Children" by Salman Rushdie (2 of 3 sessions)

Lynnwood Brewing Concern

Several members requested one of Salman Rushdie's works. Over a period of three months, we will read Midnight's Children. You can get a copy here. (and if you do, a few pennies will go to help support the cost of the meetup).

The novel is about India's transition from British colonial rule to independence and partition. In it, the protagonist and narrator, Saleem Sinai, born precisely at midnight 15 August 1947, the exact moment when India became an independent country. He later discovers that all children born in India between 12 a.m. and 1 a.m. on that date are imbued with special powers.

This postcolonial, postmodern and magical realist story won the Booker Prize in 1981 and was awarded the "Booker of Bookers" Prize and the best all-time prize winners in 1993 and 2008 to celebrate the Booker Prize 25th and 40th anniversary.

The novel is broken into three books. While the pace is a little slower than we typically take, those seem to be convenient breaking points and will give us the chance to savor the postmodernist text! This second month we will read Book 2.

Want to help support the meetup? A few of you generously asked if you could help support the cost of the meetup. It costs me about $180/year ($90 twice a year) If you would like to contribute $5, $10, $20 or any amount the easiest way is venmo: @JohnSeanDoyle or just reach out to me directly. Thanks for considering it!

Past events (83)

Deep Reads: The Years by Annie Ernaux

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