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Book worms wanted


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Summer is a great time to get lost in a good book and one way to do so is to explore diverse writings in the Great Books Club.

The group is devoted to reading and discussing literature from ancient times to the present.

It started in 2001 with classic readings in the Western tradition and has since continued to explore a wide range of works including philosophical, sociological and historical writings as well as fiction.

"I enjoy such stimulation in being a member of this group," said club member Fran Orenstein. "As a writer myself, I enjoy the different perspectives others bring to the reading of a literary work."

The club is open to Community Association members and Kings Point residents. Members meet Thursdays from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the Heritage Room of the Atrium, 1009 Pebble Beach Blvd. N. Membership is free but book cost is additional.

Recent examples of books read include plays by Henrik Ibsen, F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby" and the French national epic "The Song of Roland."

Upcoming summer reading selections include Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest," Stephen Crane's "The Red Badge of Courage" and selections from Dante's "Divine Comedy."

The group decides collectively what to read, often drawing on selections from the catalog of the Great Books Foundation, which was established in 1947 to promote the reading and discussion of great literature.

For more information, contact Bill Moran, club president, at William.S.Moran@dartmouth.edu or call (813) 634-3314.

Lorianne De Loreto is a freelance writer who can be reached at elation.la@gmail.com.

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