A Closer Look Book Club

A Closer Look Book Club meets throughout the year to discuss novels and other works of fiction. To participate in a Book Club conversation, all you need to do is read the book and then join us in the Dorothy Rubel Room at the Poetry Center. No sign-up is necessary: the Club is free and open to the public, and you’re welcome to participate in as many or as few meetings as you like.

Over the 2014-15 academic year, the Poetry Center’s Closer Look Book will read works of outstanding nonfiction, including memoir, travel literature, war journalism, true crime, criticism, and history.

For more information, email Cybele Knowles at knowles@email.arizona.edu.

Click here to view our archived reading list.

09/02/2015 - 5:00pm - 6:00pm

A Closer Look Book Club meets for an hour-long conversation about Train Dreams by Denis Johnson. The protagonist is a fictional orphan shipped by train in 1893 into the woods of the Idaho panhandle. He grows up to work on logging gangs, falls in love, and loses his wife and baby daughter to a particularly pernicious...

10/14/2015 - 5:00pm - 6:00pm

A Closer Look Book Club meets for an hour-long conversation about Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya. This book won the Premio Quinto Sol in 1972 and was made into a film in 2013. The story focuses on a young boy’s spiritual transformation amidst cultural and societal changes in the American Southwest during World...

11/18/2015 - 5:00pm - 6:00pm

A Closer Look Book Club meets for an hour-long conversation about Open City by Teju Cole. This is the story of a young Nigerian-German psychiatrist in New York City five years after 9/11. “A complicated portrait of a narrator whose silences speak as loudly as his words—all articulated in an effortlessly...

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