This semester we’re branching out. With input from regular attendees and our Book Club instructor Prof. Bruce Gentry we’ve selected works by Alice Walker, Carson McCullers, and Zora Neale Hurston.

Flannery O’Connor Book Club

Sponsored by the Andalusia Institute, Georgia Writers Museum, and Allied Arts of Milledgeville.

“I’m sure Flannery O’Connor will forgive us for talking about other writers this fall.”

- Dr. Bruce Gentry

Discussion Leader

Dr. Bruce Gentry
Professor of English, Georgia College

Dr. Gentry, Editor of the Flannery O’Connor Review, received GC’s Excellence in Scholarship award in 2013. He is the author of Flannery O’Connor’s Religion of the Grotesque, editor of The Cartoons of Flannery O’Connor at Georgia College, and co-editor of the oral history At Home with Flannery O’Connor. Gentry twice served as co-director for NEH Summer Institutes on O’Connor. Gentry has also hosted four O’Connor conferences in Milledgeville. Other publications by Gentry include Conversations with Raymond Carver and articles on Doctorow, Roth, and Carver in Contemporary LiteratureSouth Atlantic ReviewThe CEA Critic, and South Carolina Review.

Jan. 25

2:00-3:00 PM, join us for a hybrid (Zoom and in-person) conversation with Dr. Bruce Gentry about The Habit of Being*: O’Connor Letters 1958 and 1959 by Flannery O’Connor.

In-person at Georgia Writers Museum

*If you have a copy of Flannery O’Connor: Collected Works the letters are reproduced there, as well. Page numbers may differ.

Feb. 15

2:00-3:00 PM, join us for a hybrid (Zoom and in-person) conversation with Dr. Bruce Gentry about The Habit of Being*: O’Connor Letters 1960 by Flannery O’Connor.

In-person at Georgia Writers Museum

*If you have a copy of Flannery O’Connor: Collected Works the letters are reproduced there, as well. Page numbers may differ.

March 21

2:00-3:00 PM, join us for a hybrid (Zoom and in-person) conversation with Dr. Bruce Gentry about The Habit of Being*: O’Connor Letters 1961-62 by Flannery O’Connor.

In-person at Georgia Writers Museum

*If you have a copy of Flannery O’Connor: Collected Works the letters are reproduced there, as well. Page numbers may differ.

April 25

2:00-3:00 PM, join us for a hybrid (Zoom and in-person) conversation with Dr. Bruce Gentry about The Habit of Being*: O’Connor Letters 1963-64 by Flannery O’Connor.

In-person at Georgia Writers Museum

*If you have a copy of Flannery O’Connor: Collected Works the letters are reproduced there, as well. Page numbers may differ.

Past Reads

Jan. 19th    A Circle in the Fire, by Flannery O’Connor

Feb. 16th The Life You Save May Be Your Own, by Flannery O’Connor

March 23rd Good Country People, by Flannery O’Connor

April 20th Judgment Day, by Flannery O’Connor

Jan. 20th      The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, Carson McCullers

Feb. 17th      In Love and Trouble: “Really, Doesn’t Crime Pay?” and “Strong Horse Tea”, Alice Walker

March 24th  A Prayer Journal, Flannery O’Connor

April 21st      The Year the Lights Came On, Terry Kay 

May 19th      Appalachee Red, Raymond Andrews

Aug. 19th       Everday Use, Alice Walker

Sept. 16th       The Color Purple, Alice Walker

Oct. 21st       Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston

Nov. 18th       Reflections in a Golden Eye, Carson McCullers

Jan. 21st       A Good Man is Hard to Find

Feb. 18th      A View of the Woods

Mar. 18th     Greenleaf

April 15th     The Comforts of Home

May 20th     Everything That Rises Must Converge

Aug. 20th The River

Sep. 17th The Life You Save May Be Your Own

Oct. 15th A Temple of the Holy Ghost

Nov. 19th A Circle of Fire

In-Person

Sylvia’s Coffee Shop at Georgia Writers is open until 2 pm on book club days. I hope you’ll join us in arriving early to get some coffee and pastries before they close, just prior to our discussion starting.

Zoom

If you would like to join the afternoon (4:30-5:30 pm) or evening (7-8 pm) online sessions to discuss these letters, contact Tammie Burke of Andalusia Institute at tammie.burke@gcsu.edu so that she can send you the Zoom link.

GA Hall of Fame Book Club

GWHOF Book Club is a virtual-only book club head quarterly on Zoom at 7pm. Books are available at Georgia Writers Museum. For shipping email info@georgiawritersmuseum.org.

Discussion Leader

Sarah Trowbridge
Librarian, Georgia Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled

An avid and eclectic reader since the age of four, Sarah Trowbridge worked for theatres, newspapers, and nonprofits before finally finding her calling as a librarian. In the course of nearly 16 years at the Fayette County Public Library in Fayetteville, Georgia, she learned that the best parts of library work involve helping people make meaningful connections with stories, with information, and with one another. Some of her favorite projects during those years were the two monthly book discussion groups she facilitated, and the annual One Book, One Community celebration that she built from scratch. Having left front-line public library work behind for a new role as an outreach librarian for the Georgia Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (GLS), Sarah is thrilled to be getting back into the book club game with the Georgia Writers Museum, and looking forward to spending some quality time with the Hall of Fame honorees and their readers.

Jan. 18

700-8:00 PM, join us for a hybrid (Zoom and in-person) conversation with Librarian Sarah Trowbridge to discuss I Am Not Sidney Poitier  by Percival Everett.

Zoom Link

Meeting ID: 869 2177 1179

Passcode: 544939

& in-person at GWM

April 18

7:00-8:00 PM, join us for a hybrid (Zoom and in-person) conversation with Librarian Sarah Trowbridge to discuss Under Magnolia by Frances Mayes.

Zoom Link

Meeting ID: 896 2229 6092

Passcode: 772865

& in-person at GWM

July 18

7:00-8:00 PM, join us for a hybrid (Zoom and in-person) conversation with Librarian Sarah Trowbridge to discuss Meridian by Alice Walker.

Zoom Link

Meeting ID: 810 4663 8172

Passcode: 236223

& in-person at GWM

Oct. 17

7:00-8:00 PM, join us for a hybrid (Zoom and in-person) conversation with Librarian Sarah Trowbridge to discuss Tobacco Road by Erskine Caldwell.

Zoom Link

Meeting ID: 870 5922 8490

Passcode: 541778

& in-person at GWM

Past Books:

April – Anne River Siddons, Peachtree Road

July – Toni Cade Bambara, Those Bones are Not My Child 

October – Terry Kay, The Kidnapping of Aaron Greene

February – Tayari Jones Leaving Atlanta

May – James Cobb, A Georgia Odyssey

February – Ferrol Sams Run With the Horsemen

May – Brainard Cheney Devil’s Elbow

August – Margaret Mitchell Gone with the Wind

November – Melissa Fay Greene The Temple Bombing. Praying for Sheetrock

February – Janisse Ray Ecology of a Cracker Childhood

May – Calder Willingham Rambling Rose

August – Bailey White Mama Makes up Her Mind…

November – Philip Lee Williams The Heart of a Distant Forest

August: Terry Kay To Dance with the White Dog

November: Judson Mitcham The Sweet Everlasting

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