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Like reading books and talking about life and happiness? Then these could be the groups for you. We come together for one common interest—books. Yet, in exploring the stories or history together, we will discover we have so much more in common as well. We try to find new areas to branch into each month. We may invite OLLI authors with manuscripts ready for publication. We don’t break the stories down clinically, piece by piece. Instead, we prefer to discuss the story in general terms and how it relates to us. There are four separate clubs to choose from—see below.

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“Genreflections” Book Club

Alternate Fridays • Fall, spring and summer • 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. • Zoom

September 22 • October 6, 20 • November 3, 17 • December 8

Intersession: December (22 & 29 no class) • January 5

This course is for those who enjoy reading and discussing fiction. We will explore a variety of novels representing various genres, such as travel fiction, historical fiction, coming-of-age fiction and domestic fiction. 

The first novel to discuss is “Small Pleasures” by Clare Chambers. Books for the remainder of the course will be determined by the class attendees during the first meeting.

Instructor/Coordinator: Andrea Tarr     Tech Coordinator: Rosalind Charles

Graphic Novels, Comics and More!

Thursdays Alternate Weeks • Fall, spring and summer • 4 p.m.-5:30 p.m. • Zoom

September 14, 28 • October 12, 26 • November 9, (23 no class), 30 Intersession: December 14 • January (11 no class)

Did you know that a graphic novel is just as popular and challenging as a traditional book? They tell stories that can be long or short, fiction or non-fiction, and cover a wide range of topics, including history, science, social justice, science fiction and fantasy. Each session, our book club reads and discusses a graphic novel, and sometimes a popular comic, relating it to current social and societal issues, or just enjoying the beautiful artwork and humor.

Instructor: Dr. Barbara Glaeser    
Coordinator/Tech Coordinator: Jill Patterson

Kitty’s Book Club

Alternate Mondays • Fall, spring and summer • 12:15 p.m.-2 p.m. • Zoom

September 18 • October 2, 16, 30 • November 13 • December 4

Our Book Club loves exploring different themes in discussing fiction books.  Our members generate the list of books we read prior to the first meeting of the semester.  You will find the book selection in the OLLI Class Information and Updates Newsletter provided prior to each class.

Coordinators: Lisa Sewell and Juanita Driskell    
Tech Coordinator: David Wilkinson

Mystery Book Club

Alternate Mondays • Fall, spring and summer • 12:15 p.m.-2 p.m. • Zoom

September 11, 25 • October 9, 23 • November 6, (20 no class), 27

Mystery Books is a category of reading that is well established by the reading public.  Authors such as Agatha Christie and characters such as Sherlock Holmes and Miss Marple are well known. Mystery Books are so popular that they have separate awards for excellence, humor etc. The OLLI Mystery Book Club meets and discusses a mystery book selected by Club members. The first novel to discuss is “Mean Streak” by Carolyn Wheat. Subsequent book selections will be determined during the first meeting.

Coordinators: Patrick Boyle and Sandy Potter

Check out the presentation about the Comic Books Past and Present Book Club that we made for the fall 2022 Open House.

Check out the presentation about Kitty's Book Club that we made for the 2023 Fall Open House.