American Classics II

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Main Library – Thursday, Sept. 8 at 7 pm – Our popular book discussion series returns with The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin. Baldwin lived a considerable portion of his life abroad, to extend himself as a writer and to alleviate the stifling effects of life as a black man in the U.S. He wrote The Fire Next Time as a long polemical essay on the black person’s search for identity of self and race in American society. His vociferous spirit is couched in luxurious prose. Copies of the book are available through BCCLS.

Convened by Alice Crozier, Professor of English Emerita, Rutgers University, New Brunswick. Free and open to the public.

Future dates and readings for American Classics II include:

  • October 6–The Round House by Louise Erdrich
  • November 3–Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • December 1–The Bear by William Faulkner
  • January 5–Poetry of Emily Dickinson and Robert Frost
  • February 2–Gilead by Marilynne, Robinson
  • March 2–Billy Budd by Herman Melville
  • May 4–American Pastoral by Philip Roth
  • June 1–Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver