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November 2013

Monday

Nov 4

Delve Readers Seminars

Whitman and Neruda: The Empathic Imagination (A Delve Seminar)

Mon, Nov 4, 2013 from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm PST

When a visitor asked Pablo Neruda if the portrait (of Walt Whitman) above his mantel was his grandfather, Neruda answered without hesitation: “Yes.” In this Delve seminar, we’ll look at the two most expansive, celebratory, politically engaged and openhearted poets the Americas have produced, exploring the many connections between them and focusing in particular on the power of their poems to both express and arouse empathy and compassion. Guide: John Brehm is the author of two books of poems, Help Is On…

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Wednesday

Nov 13

Delve Readers Seminars

Delve for Subscribers: Ann Patchett

Wed, Nov 13, 2013 from 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm PST

Come get a taste for the Delve Readers Seminar program, and explore the works of Ann Patchett. Bring your insights and questions as we meet the week before Ann Patchett’s appearance at Portland Arts & Lectures. This is a unique opportunity to gain knowledge and appreciation about the author in advance of the lecture. Brought to you by Literary Arts and The Heathman Hotel, enjoy a glass of wine and a guided discussion on each of this year’s Portland Arts…

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January 2014

Tuesday

Jan 21

Delve Readers Seminars

The Signature Style of Chris Ware (A Delve Seminar)

Tue, Jan 21, 2014 from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm PST

Tuesdays, January 21 – February 4, 2014 6:30 – 8:30 pm (3 evenings) Incorporating principals of typography and graphic design, Chris Ware re-invented comics and influenced a generation of cartoonists with books like the Acme Novelty Library and Jimmy Corrigan. Ware’s signature style, drawing on early 20th century cartooning, can be recognized in the pages of McSweeny’s, on the facade of the 826 Valencia building in San Francisco, and in reprinted collections of Gasoline Alley. Having won almost every comics…

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Wednesday

Jan 22

Delve Readers Seminars

Learning How to Live: Exploring the Imperatives in William Stafford’s Work

Wed, Jan 22, 2014 from 6:30 am - 8:30 pm PST

Wednesdays, January 22 – February 5, 2014 6:30 – 8:30 pm (3 evenings) Deeply inspired by philosophers, William Stafford often used poetry to teach us how to live: “Your job is to find what the world is trying to be.” In celebration of the Stafford Centennial, this seminar will explore the imperatives in Stafford’s work, the rich legacy he has bequeathed to help us on our journey. Together we will remember and discover: “we must find something forgotten by everyone…

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February 2014

Wednesday

Feb 12

Delve Readers Seminars

Delve for Subscribers: Chris Ware

Wed, Feb 12, 2014 from 6:00 am - 7:30 pm PST

Come get a taste for the Delve Readers Seminar program, and explore the works of Chris Ware. Bring your insights and questions as we meet the week before Chris Ware’s appearance at Portland Arts & Lectures. This is a unique opportunity to gain knowledge and appreciation about the author in advance of the lecture. Free to PA&L subscribers. Pre-registration is required. Brought to you by Literary Arts and The Heathman Hotel, enjoy a glass of wine and a guided discussion…

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Wednesday

Feb 12

Delve Readers Seminars

Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment: A Delve Seminar

Wed, Feb 12, 2014 from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm PST

Fyodor Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment: A Delve Seminar Wednesdays, February 12 – March 19, 2014 6:30 – 8:30 pm Tuition: $185 Though Thomas Mann called Crime and Punishment the greatest crime novel of all time, Dostoyevsky described his own work in more modest terms, as “a psychological account of a crime” in which a poor student comes under the sway of “certain strange half-baked ideas.” Continuing where he left off with Notes from the Underground, Dostoyevsky took readers where they…

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Monday

Feb 17

Delve Readers Seminars

Middlemarch (A Delve Seminar)

Mon, Feb 17, 2014 from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm PST

George Eliot: Middlemarch Mondays, February 17 – March 24, 2014 6:30 – 8:30 pm SOLD OUT Praised by novelist Virginia Woolf as “one of the few English novels written for grown-up people,” Middlemarch has reigned for more than a century as one of the most powerful and affecting novels in the English language. A serious study of self-delusion and gender-dynamics, George Eliot’s last novel is also a wonderful window into the human soul. This is a book within which to…

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Tuesday

Feb 18

Delve Readers Seminars

19th Century Realism: Balzac & Flaubert (A Delve Seminar)

Tue, Feb 18, 2014 from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm PST

Tuesdays, February 18 – March 25, 2014 6:30 – 8:30pm Money, marriage, class, sex, ambition, Paris, the provinces, all this and more are explored by the French novelists Honoré de Balzac and Gustave Flaubert.  We will follow these themes and others in our reading and discussions of Père Goriot and Madame Bovary.  We will ask how these two novelists portrayed, what to them, was the new and changing world of the nineteenth century. Guide: Judith Stone studied French literature at…

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March 2014

Wednesday

Mar 26

Delve Readers Seminars

Delve for Subscribers: Julia Alvarez

Wed, Mar 26, 2014 from 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm PDT

Come get a taste for the Delve Readers Seminar program, and explore the works of Julia Alvarez. Bring your insights and questions as we meet the week before Julia Alvarez’s appearance at Portland Arts & Lectures. This is a unique opportunity to gain knowledge and appreciation about the author in advance of the lecture. Brought to you by Literary Arts and The Heathman Hotel, enjoy a glass of wine and a guided discussion on each of this year’s Portland Arts…

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April 2014

Tuesday

Apr 1

Delve Readers Seminars

Ulysses (A Delve Seminar)

Tue, Apr 1, 2014 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm PDT

Tuesdays, April 1 – May 6, 2014 7:00 – 9:00 pm THIS SEMINAR IS SOLD OUT In Ulysses, James Joyce endeavored to write a book about one day in the lives of a few Dubliners that would represent the noisy minutiae of contemporary urban existence while conveying the dignity and importance of classical literature. Published amid controversy in Paris in 1922, Ulysses recorded Joyce’s growing audacity as an artist and has since come to epitomize literary modernism. In this seminar,…

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Wednesday

Apr 2

Delve Readers Seminars

The Americans: Award-Winning Novels by Louise Erdrich, Julie Otsuka & Jesmyn Ward (A Delve Seminar)

Wed, Apr 2, 2014 from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm PDT

Join us and explore the many facets of life in the United States through three award-winning novels. We will immigrate to California with Japan’s picture brides in the lyrical collective stories of Julie Otsuka’s The Buddha in the Attic; face down Hurricane Katrina with fifteen-year-old Esch and her family in Jesmyn Ward’s epic and impassioned Salvage the Bones; and immerse ourselves in the traumatic emotional and legal after-affects of a brutal attack on a North Dakotan reservation in Louise Erdrich’s heartbreaking…

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Thursday

Apr 3

Delve Readers Seminars

Othello (A Delve Seminar)

Thu, Apr 3, 2014 from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm PDT

Thursday, April 3 – April 17, 2014 6:30 – 8:30pm (3 evenings) THIS SEMINAR IS SOLD OUT Shakespeare’s Othello continues to intrigue over 400 years after it was written. We will spend two sessions reading and exploring the intertwined lives of Othello, Desdemona, Cassio, Emilia, and Iago, and tracing the currents of love, jealousy, evil, racism, and betrayal. After attending Portland Center Stage’s production, we will share impressions and interpretations in our final meeting. Note: Participants in this seminar will…

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September 2014

Thursday

Sep 4

Delve Readers Seminars

“This is War!”: Remarque, Hemingway & More (Delve Seminar)

Thu, Sep 4, 2014 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm PDT

To complement the upcoming Portland Art Museum exhibit, “This Is War!: Graphic Arts from the Great War,” this Delve seminar will explore the literary response to the shock the Great War produced in artistic and social spheres. We’ll open the seminar with a gallery talk led by the curator of the exhibit, Mary Chapin, and enrich our discussion by juxtaposing a few short World War I poems with the visual art. We’ll follow with a novel by German veteran Erich…

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Monday

Sep 15

Delve Readers Seminars

Haruki Murakami: Now and Then (Delve Seminar)

Mon, Sep 15, 2014 from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm PDT

Haruki Murakami’s latest novel, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and his Years of Pilgrimage, was a huge best seller in Japan, selling a million copies in its first week. (It goes on sale in the United States in mid-August 2014). After the epic scale of 1Q84, this novel is, in the words of its translator, “more tightly focused.” The story follows Tsukuru Tazaki, a 35-year old train station architect on a ‘pilgrimage’ to reconcile with four high school friends, all of whom…

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Tuesday

Sep 23

Delve Readers Seminars

SOLD OUT: William Shakespeare: King Lear (Delve Seminar)

Tue, Sep 23, 2014 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm PDT

Considered one of his greatest tragedies, Shakespeare’s King Lear has held a special fascination for modern readers with its themes of madness, betrayal, suffering, and love. The legend of old, mad King Lier became, in Shakespeare’s hands, a poetic, deeply touching, and multi-layered examination of the conditions of human existence. In this seminar, we will read and discuss carefully each act, scene, and line of Shakespeare’s masterwork. We will also look into the historical and philosophical contexts for what many believe to…

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October 2014

Wednesday

Oct 8

Delve Readers Seminars

Book Basics: How to Design a Book, taught by Olivia Croom

Wed, Oct 8, 2014 from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm PDT

Wednesday, October 8th 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. What distinguishes a book that jumps off the shelf from one that you pick up and put right back down? Whether you’re a reader wanting to know more about the magic that goes into physical books or an author contemplating self-publishing, you'll finish this evening with an understanding of basic book-design concepts and industry vocabulary. Olivia Croom is a Portland-based freelance book designer and social media enthusiast. Originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, she…

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Wednesday

Oct 15

Delve Readers Seminars

F. Scott Fitzgerald: The Great Gatsby & More (Delve Seminar)

Wed, Oct 15, 2014 from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm PDT

In high schools across the country, The Great Gatsby is taught as a cautionary tale about decadence and the American Dream. We will assume that the participants in this Delve do not need to be warned about overspending and becoming involved with glamorous, shallow people, and focus instead on the ways Fitzgerald made the materials of his own life into what have become literary classics.  After his early attempts at satire proved unsuccessful, Fitzgerald returned to subjects he couldn’t help…

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Monday

Oct 27

Delve Readers Seminars

SOLD OUT! Writing of the Self: Virginia Woolf and Paul Auster (Delve Seminar)

Mon, Oct 27, 2014 from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm PDT

We will explore the differences and similarities in which reminiscences are triggered in Woolf and Auster’s writings, and how each one of these authors deconstructs those memories in order to take perspective and make contact with the past. In Woolf’s Moments of Being we will analyze the literary tools used by the compiler to create the book’s configuration, while in Auster’s The Invention of Solitude we will examine the way he uses fragmentation to bring together various aspects of his…

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November 2014

Tuesday

Nov 4

Delve Readers Seminars

SOLD OUT: The Poetry of Robert Frost & William Carlos Williams (Delve Seminar)

Tue, Nov 4, 2014 from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm PST

Two of the greatest poets of the modern era, Frost and Williams could hardly be more different. Frost wrote pastoral poems in traditional forms set in New England; Williams wrote experimental free verse about urban life in New Jersey and New York. Frost was a farmer, Williams a doctor. But both were innovators, and few poets have done more to reshape American poetry than they did. In this Delve seminar, we’ll read and discuss a broad range of poems by…

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January 2015

Monday

Jan 5

Delve Readers Seminars

SOLD OUT: Charles Dickens: David Copperfield (Delve Seminar)

Mon, Jan 5, 2015 from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm PST

“Like many fond parents, I have in my heart of hearts a favorite child. And his name is David Copperfield.”  –Charles Dickens Dickens published David Copperfield during 1849-1850, during the height of his creative powers, a place that many critics say he held until his death in 1870. During our six weeks together we will, along with David on his tragicomic journey to adulthood, encounter some of Dickens’s most unforgettable characters—cruel stepfather Edward Murdstone; curmudgeonly Aunt Betsey Trotwood; handsome and…

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Tuesday

Jan 6

Delve Readers Seminars

SOLD OUT: Imaginative Landscapes: The Science Fiction of Ursula K. Le Guin and Others (Delve Seminar)

Tue, Jan 6, 2015 from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm PST

This Delve invites participants to explore an incredibly vibrant and vital genre: Science Fiction. Using short stories and novellas (including Corwainer Smith’s Scanners Live in Vain, Arthur C. Clarke’s The Seven Billion Names of God, excerpts from Walter Miller’s A Canticle for Leibowitz, and many more), plus Ursula Le Guin’s Left Hand of Darkness as a capstone work, we will gain an appreciation for the techniques that science fiction authors use, the goals that they achieve that mainstream fictions often struggle…

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Wednesday

Jan 7

Delve Readers Seminars

SOLD OUT: Mario Vargas Llosa and His Precursors (Delve Seminar)

Wed, Jan 7, 2015 from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm PST

Written over a century apart, Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness and Mario Vargas Llosa’s Dream of the Celt both craft literary worlds that approach the brutalities of colonialism, the extension of personal responsibility and the limits of reason. Partly in the spirit of Jorge Luis Borges’s “Kafka and His Precursors,” we’ll consider how Vargas Llosa reframes Conrad through his tale of Roger Casement’s life in the Congo, Amazonia and Ireland. Guide: Kelly Austin has graduate degrees in literature from Claremont,…

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Thursday

Jan 22

Delve Readers Seminars

The Caged Bird Singing: Female Poetics (Delve Seminar)

Thu, Jan 22, 2015 from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm PST

Feminism takes on many forms, especially as it filters through the literary canon. Poets in particular use witness, disruption and innovation of form to tell the story of the strength of women’s voices and their lives. This three-night seminar will explore six contemporary poets who intrinsically expand our understanding of feminine landscapes and concerns. We’ll make close readings of Maya Angelou, Adrienne Rich, Maxine Kumin, Lyn Hejinian, Wong May and Patricia Lockwood. Guide: Sara Guest is an editor and poet.…

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February 2015

Tuesday

Feb 17

Delve Readers Seminars

SOLD OUT: The Novels of Jane Austen (Delve Seminar)

Tue, Feb 17, 2015 from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm PST

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that readers in pursuit of enjoyment, must be in want of a Jane Austen Delve…. Jane Austen, acclaimed in literary criticism, films, prequels and sequels, spin-offs and mash-ups, has so much to offer that not even a whole year could do her justice, but for the sake of six weeks, the class will investigate the major novels of the writer with a dip into Austen’s Juvenilia and zombies and monsters, and the depiction of…

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Monday

Feb 23

Delve Readers Seminars

In Search of Mysticism and Duende: Yeats and Lorca as Poet-Dramatists (Delve Seminar)

Mon, Feb 23, 2015 from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm PST

T.S. Eliot claimed that “all great poetry dramatic …” and “the greatest drama would always be poetic.” No two modern poet-dramatists exemplify this in their work more than Yeats and Lorca. Arguably the greatest twentieth century poets of the English and Spanish canons, respectively, both were inspired by the local imagination of folklore. Yeats turned to the Irish mythical figures Cuchulain and Emer; Lorca to “the women who live in the villages of Spain.” And each was embroiled in a…

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Wednesday

Feb 25

Delve Readers Seminars

The Theater of Bertolt Brecht (Delve Seminar)

Wed, Feb 25, 2015 from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm PST

In four weeks we will enjoy an overview of two decades of Brecht’s provocative work. We’ll begin with Man Equals Man, which takes aim at right-wing nationalists and the very idea of individual personality. Next we’ll read The Threepenny Opera, a musical everyone likes, particularly the very bourgeoisie whom Brecht attacks. We will move on to Mother Courage and Her Children, his anti-war masterpiece, and finish with The Caucasian Chalk Circle, a parable about social injustice. We may even accept Brecht’s challenge to interrupt our…

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Thursday

Feb 26

Delve Readers Seminars

SOLD OUT: Mitchell S. Jackson: The Residue Years (Delve Seminar)

Thu, Feb 26, 2015 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm PST

Multnomah County Library's selection for Everybody Reads 2015 is a desperate cry of last-chance hope from the heart of our city’s long-ignored African-American community. In first-person prose critics have called both gut-wrenching and beautiful, Portland native Mitchell Jackson voices the pain, illusion and promise of a mother and son fighting to free themselves from a life of drugs and limited opportunities without losing the love that sustains them. In this two-night seminar, we’ll look at Jackson’s autobiographical debut novel from…

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March 2015

Tuesday

Mar 31

Delve Readers Seminars

SOLD OUT: Henry David Thoreau: Walden (Delve Seminar)

Tue, Mar 31, 2015 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm PDT

First published in 1854, Walden; or, Life in the Woods became one of the most notable works of the American Transcendentalists and one of the founding documents of American natural history.  What began as a social experiment—Thoreau’s resolve to live simply and reflectively on a plot of land owned by his mentor, Ralph Waldo Emerson—became a literary project, nothing less than an epic prose poem on the sublimity of nature and the place of humans in that nature.  In this…

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April 2015

Wednesday

Apr 1

Delve Readers Seminars

The Works of William Blake (Delve Seminar)

Wed, Apr 1, 2015 from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm PDT

Though largely ignored in his lifetime, William Blake has become many things to many people: a prophet, a poet, a pre-feminist, a painter, a Christian (or an anti-Christian), an iconoclast, an abolitionist, a monomaniac, a cosmologist, a writer of children’s songs, a destroyer of poetic form, an entrepreneur, a social critic, a shut-in, a revolutionary, the architect of an elaborate personal mythology, the father of book arts, an aphorist, someone who just didn’t get the Enlightenment, and on and on.…

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Saturday

Apr 4

Delve Readers Seminars

Reading Jhumpa Lahiri: Exploring the South-Asian-American Diaspora (Delve Seminar)

Sat, Apr 4, 2015 from 10:30 am - 12:30 pm PDT

From her Pulitzer winning collection of short stories, Interpreter of Maladies, to The Namesake and Unaccustomed Earth, and her most recent novel The Lowland (short listed for the Man Booker Prize), Jhumpa Lahiri examines the complex state of belonging to both India and America for both the first and the second-generation immigrants.  In this seminar we will explore how Lahiri’s literary representation connects the two worlds of the East and the West as her subjects navigate their various states of…

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August 2015

Sunday

Aug 16

Delve Readers Seminars

Maycomb Revisited: The Novels of Harper Lee (Delve Seminar)

Sun, Aug 16, 2015 from 10:30 am - 12:30 pm PDT

One of the biggest literary mysteries of the late 20th and early 21st centuries has been why (Nelle) Harper Lee never published a follow-up to her first, only, loosely-autobiographical, wildly popular, and beloved novel To Kill a Mockingbird. Earlier this year we learned that not only had a manuscript emerged for a novel written before her classic (and originally rejected by her publisher in the 1950s), but it was going to be published in July of 2015. This announcement was…

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September 2015

Thursday

Sep 10

Delve Readers Seminars

SOLD OUT: Carl Jung’s Red Book (Delve Seminar)

Thu, Sep 10, 2015 from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm PDT

“My soul, where are you? Do you hear me? I speak, I call you—are you there? I have returned, I am here again. I have shaken the dust of all the lands from my feet, and I have come to you.” The story contained in Carl Jung’s Red Book is the story of his inner journey from crisis and terror back to his own soul. It is not fiction, but the carefully transcribed chronicles of visions and dreams that he’d…

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Monday

Sep 14

Delve Readers Seminars

A Thousand Years of Travel: From Herodotus to Basho (Delve Seminar)

Mon, Sep 14, 2015 from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm PDT

Participants will embark on a literary tour of travel writing beginning with Herodotus’s tour of Ancient Egypt, moving to Arab travelers in the 10th century, and concluding with the Edo period Japanese poet (and inveterate traveler) Basho. This Delve explores the changing shape of early travel writing, all the while asking how and why cultures imagine, visit, and write about each other. Guide: Bruce Suttmeier is Associate Dean of Faculty at Lewis & Clark College, as well as an Associate…

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Wednesday

Sep 16

Delve Readers Seminars

William Faulkner and Gabriel García Márquez (Delve Seminar)

Wed, Sep 16, 2015 from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm PDT

When Gabriel García Márquez wrote one of his early novels, Leaf Storm, he was inspired by William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying. In this Delve, we’ll look at questions of influence and creative transformation. What happens when one master apprentices to another? How do writers learn from each other? And what do the South and South America have in common? We’ll trace just what Macondo owes to Yoknapatawpha County. Guide: Kelly Austin has graduate degrees in literature from Claremont, Cambridge,…

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October 2015

Wednesday

Oct 14

Delve Readers Seminars

Dante’s Inferno and Purgatorio (Delve Seminar)

Wed, Oct 14, 2015 from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm PDT

 Now widely regarded as one of world literature’s greatest poems, Dante’s Divine Comedy has traveled a rough road through literary history. Though popular among Dante’s contemporaries, the work fell out of favor during the Renaissance, and Enlightenment critics found the poem so grotesque and horrifying that Voltaire suggested Dante’s reputation was safe—nobody would bother reading him. However, the Romantics enthusiastically embraced the Divine Comedy, and Victor Hugo went so far as to write that Dante “has constructed within his own…

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Monday

Oct 19

Delve Readers Seminars

Wordstock Authors: Lidia Yuknavitch & Vendela Vida (Delve Seminar)

Mon, Oct 19, 2015 from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm PDT

With Wordstock just around the corner, we’re excited to take a close look at two of this year’s featured writers — one local and one coming to town for the festival. Both published career-defining novels this summer with strong, eclectic female protagonists. In this two-night seminar, we’ll read Vendela Vida’s The Diver’s Clothes Lie Empty for our first session and Lidia Yuknavitch’s The Small Backs of Children for our second, giving us a chance to compare and contrast two of…

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November 2015

Monday

Nov 2

Delve Readers Seminars

SOLD OUT! Into the Woods: Emerson, Thoreau, Krakauer, and Dillard (Delve Seminar)

Mon, Nov 2, 2015 from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm PST

From Thoreau in his cabin at Walden Pond to Sondheim’s fairytale characters, when one goes “into the woods” he or she is often in search of the ineffable: cures for the ills of modern society or answers to deep existential questions. And in centuries worth of literature what’s found there is nothing more or less profound than our deepest selves. In this seminar we will explore both 19th century and modern authors who go into nature asking big questions—about how…

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Tuesday

Nov 3

Delve Readers Seminars

SOLD OUT! Virginia Woolf: Orlando (Delve Seminar)

Tue, Nov 3, 2015 from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm PST

Virginia Woolf’s playful and passionate novel Orlando is inspired by and dedicated to her lover Vita Sackville-West. We’ll explore her treatment of fiction, biography, literature, and history, and how she plays with time, age, gender, social norms, and language. After seeing Profile Theatre’s production of Sara Ruhl’s Orlando, we’ll discuss the stage adaptation and its relationship to the novel. Note: Tuition includes a ticket to see Profile Theatre’s production of Orlando in mid-November. Guide: Gemma Whelan is the founding Artistic…

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Tuesday

Nov 10

Delve Readers Seminars

SOLD OUT: The Poetry of Wisława Szymborska (Delve Seminar)

Tue, Nov 10, 2015 from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm PST

To read the work of the Polish poet and 1996 Nobel Laureate Wisława Szymborska is to enter a miraculous world, a world where anything can happen, where “the unthinkable can be thought.” Szymborska lived through the horrors of WWII, the Nazi occupation, and the Soviet oppression of Poland, and in poems that are witty, subversive, and brilliantly inventive, she asserts the power of the individual in the face of a dehumanizing modernity. Our goal will be to appreciate and enjoy…

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January 2016

Tuesday

Jan 5

Delve Readers Seminars

Julio Cortázar: Hopscotch & Blow-Up (Delve Seminar)

Tue, Jan 5, 2016 from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm PST

Argentine author Julio Cortázar is considered the master of short narrative within the Latin American 20th century canon, as well as an experimental writer who explored multiple literary genres and their intersections. Hopscotch—Cortázar’s masterpiece—is fundamental to understanding the complex scope of his narrative concerns. Cortázar approaches storytelling and other writings through different forms of experimentation that involve the use of language, the reader’s attention and active participation, wordplay and rhythm, and the architecture of texts. His concept of “snapshot” in short…

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Wednesday

Jan 13

Delve Readers Seminars

The Short Story Cycle: Sherwood Anderson’s Winesburg, Ohio & Phil Klay’s Redeployment (Delve Seminar)

Wed, Jan 13, 2016 from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm PST

In 1919, the international project of high modernist literature received a singular contribution by an unknown writer from New Orleans, a Midwestern transplant, whose short story cycle set in a fictional small town in rural Ohio provided a model, based upon utilizing the combined advantages of novels and short stories, that later American writers like William Faulkner and Flannery O’Connor would follow. Though a portrait of a single community, the stories in Winesburg, Ohio explore distinct sets of characters and…

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Monday

Jan 25

Delve Readers Seminars

Here: Facts, Fictions, and Memory in the Work of Claudia Rankine (Delve Seminar)

Mon, Jan 25, 2016 from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm PST

Mondays, January 25 – February 29, 2016 6:30 – 8:30pm “…one meaning of here is ‘in this world, in this life, on earth. In this place or position, indicating the presence of,’ or in other words, I am here. It also means to hand something to somebody—Here you are. Here, he said to her.”— Claudia Rankine, Don’t Let Me Be Lonely: An American Lyric “The brightest memory,” writes Rankine in Citizen: An American Lyric, “fades faster than the dullest ink.”…

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February 2016

Wednesday

Feb 24

Delve Readers Seminars

Everybody Reads: Cristina Henríquez (Delve Seminar)

Wed, Feb 24, 2016 from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm PST

  Please note that this Delve Readers Seminar is separate from Cristina Henríquez's Everybody Reads presentation on March 8, 2016.   Join us for an in-depth exploration of this year’s Everybody Reads title, The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henríquez. This beautifully written and heartbreaking work of fiction presents readers with a timely and provocative portrait of the struggles and dreams of American immigrants. Henríquez focuses on the intersecting lives of two families in Delaware, one from Mexico and…

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March 2016

Tuesday

Mar 1

Delve Readers Seminars

Thomas Mann: The Magic Mountain (Delve Seminar)

Tue, Mar 1, 2016 from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm PST

Thomas Mann’s The Magic Mountain is a modern masterpiece. In the wake of the unprecedented destruction of World War I, Mann constructs an extraordinary reflection on modernity, on self, and on literature. Its elusiveness has intrigued generations of audiences since its publication in 1924. Let’s unveil the layers together in a concentrated meditation on what makes this novel a great work of art. Guide: Kelly Austin has graduate degrees in literature from Claremont, Cambridge, and UCLA. Most recently she taught…

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Wednesday

Mar 2

Delve Readers Seminars

The Short Stories of Alice Munro & Others (Delve Seminar)

Wed, Mar 2, 2016 from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm PST

In 2013, Canadian short story writer Alice Munro was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. She was raised in rural Ontario, where many of her stories are set, and she is primarily occupied with the injuries that people—often women and girls—suffer and inflict upon others over the course of long, obscure, confusing lives. So what is all the fuss about? How is it that in Munro’s hands the humble short story becomes an agent of illumination, both capacious and intimate, brutal and…

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