In the first hour of this long-running group, we discuss the book we’ve just read. In the second hour, we talk with the author about what it took to create it and other engrossing topics. Four Mondays: (THE WALKING - Laleh Khadivi), Jan 29; (KING OF CUBA - Cristina García), Feb 26; (STILL TIME- Jean Hegland), Mar. 26; (SWALLOWING MERCURY - Wioletta Greg and SUCH SMALL HANDS - Andres Barba), April
Book Passage Corte Madera
What do art history, organic geochemistry, literary theory, astronomy, philosophy, and genetics all have in common? One answer is that they are a few of the many scholarly disciplines that have recently appeared in fiction. Presenter Jean Hegland and her colleague Susan M. Gaines have coined the term "Nerd Novel" to describe novels that incorporate a specific field of study or body of knowledge into their plots, conflicts, characters, and themes. Jean will describe this fascinating new trend in fiction and discuss some of the particular pleasures that Nerd Novels can offer to both experts and novices in the fields they explore. Expect to leave with lots of great suggestions for what to read next!
The Glaser Center
There are only a few personal qualities and life circumstances that writers need to achieve their writing dreams. Jean will discuss some of the ways we can fan the spark, make the grit, keep the faith, create the community, and court the luck that will enable us to do our best work.
Rendez-vous en Septembre 2018 avec la 9ème édition du Festival America pour découvrir des littératures et cultures d'Amérique du Nord à Vincennes. (Meet with us in September 2018 at the 9th edition of Festival America to discover North American literatures and cultures.)