A Closer Look Book Club

This year, the Poetry Center’s Closer Look Book Club will discuss works of fiction. Poet and novelist Stephen Dobyns observes, “We read in part to lose consciousness of our surroundings and to be a different person when we return to them.” All our novels this year are set in the United States. In the fall semester, we’ll read stories of society and people changing and in the spring semester, retrospectives of things changed, societal and personal. From each of these reading experiences, we may come back as somewhat different people than we were before.

A Closer Look Book Club is a project of the Poetry Center docents. To participate in a Book Club conversation, just read the book and join us in the Miriam Endicott Emley Room at the Poetry Center (Room 207). 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. For more information, contact poetry@email.arizona.edu.

02/24/2016 - 5:00pm - 6:00pm

William Maxwell explores the enigmatic gravity of the past, which compels us to keep explaining it even as it makes liars out of us every time we try. On a winter morning in the 1920s, a shot rings out on a farm in rural Illinois. A man named Lloyd Wilson has been killed, and the tenuous friendship between two lonely teenagers—one...

03/23/2016 - 5:00pm - 6:00pm

Published in April 2015, this is Morrison’s latest work. At the center: a young woman who calls herself Bride, whose stunning blue-black skin is only one element of her beauty, her boldness and confidence, her success in life, but which caused her light-skinned mother to deny her even the simplest forms of love. There is Booker, the man...

04/27/2016 - 5:00pm - 6:00pm

This book won the Pen/Faulkner Award for 2014 and was nominated for a 2014 Nebula Award. “‘Girl and Chimp Twinned at Birth in Psychological Experiment.’ That’s the big reveal in…a novel so readably juicy and surreptitiously smart, it deserves all the attention it can get….The plot turns on a volatile moment...

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