Book Club Meetings

Bailey Cove Classics: The Castle of Otranto

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Monday, December 8, 2008 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

This thrilling tale abounds in adventure, suspense, and supernatural occurrences. In a realm where a villain reigns, mysterious events aid in fulfilling a prophecy that spells doom for the ruler and justice for the rightful heir. Otranto is the first Gothic novel and paved the way for later important works such as Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. UAH's Dr. Jennifer Garlen will lead the discussion.

Bailey Cove Classics: Medea

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, January 10, 2006 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Witch, barbarian, foreigner, or a woman wronged and committed to the most horrific kind of justice, Medea is a heroine who makes her audience shudder. Euripides shows us an astonishingly strong female protagonist, whom some readers have identified as the first feminist in Western literature. Seeing where her strength leads her, though, we must wonder if she was intended to be portrayed a model or as a warning.

Bailey Cove Classics - Goblin Market

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Monday, March 3, 2008 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Rossetti's most famous poem is the story of two sisters who hear goblin cries at night and follow them to a mysterious market. One sister buys fruit from the goblins and eats it, while the other does not; the poem follows how their choices changed their lives.

Bailey Cove Classics: Conference of the Birds

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Monday, February 5, 2007 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Like Rumi and Hafiz, the name Attar conjures up images of passionate attraction to the divine. Attar was a Persian Sufi of the 12th century and his masterpiece is The Conference of the Birds, an epic allegory of the seeker's journey to God.

Bailey Cove Classics - Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Monday, February 9, 2009 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Stoppard's play is the inventive tale of "Hamlet" as told from the worm's-eye view of the bewildered Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, two minor characters in Shakespeare's play.

Bailey Cove Classics: The Odyssey

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Monday, January 9, 2006 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

The Odyssey is literature's grandest evocation of everyman's journey though life. Odysseus's reliance on his wit and wiliness for survival in his encounters with divine and natural forces during his ten-year voyage home to Ithaca after the Trojan War is at once a timeless human story and an individual test of moral endurance.

Bailey Cove Classics - Revelations of Divine Love

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Monday, April 7, 2008 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Special guest Dr. William Munson returns to discuss the writings and visions of Julian of Norwich, who was the first female English-language author. This book stems from a series of visions she had at age thirty, suggesting the concept of universal salvation in a time when the Black Death was seen as divine retribution for humankind's sins. 

Bailey Cove Classics: Henry IV, Part I

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Monday, January 8, 2007 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Henry IV: Part I is the second in a series of four English history plays that make up Shakespeare's major tetralogy. Essentially a coming of age story in which the king's son, Prince Henry or Hal, emerges from his youthful role as a wastrel companion of the tavern crew, into the role of a genuine English monarch by virtue of both blood and character.

Bailey Cove Classics - Tales from the Thousand and One Nights

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Monday, March 2, 2009 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

An unexpurgated translation of the "Tales From the Thousand and One Nights", which represent the expression of a lay and secular imagination in revolt against religious austerity and zeal in Oriental literature. They depict a world of magic but their bawdiness and realism anchor them to daily life.

Bailey Cove Classics: Julius Caesar

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Monday, December 5, 2005 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

In this striking tragedy of political conflict, Shakespeare turns to the ancient Roman world and to the famous assassination of Julius Caesar by his republican opponents. The play is one of tumultuous rivalry, of prophetic warnings--"Beware the ides of March"--and of moving public oratory "Friends, Romans, countrymen!" Ironies abound and most of all for Brutus, whose fate it is to learn that his idealistic motives for joining the conspiracy against a would-be dictator are not enough to sustain the movement once Caesar is dead.

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