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.

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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