GreatBooksA dynamic, liberal arts education, for free at the public library!  Huntington Public Library's Great Books Reading and Discussion Group meets once a month to discuss works from a curriculum designed and published by the Great Books Foundation, an independent, nonprofit educational organization established in 1947 by University of Chicago educators Robert Maynard Hutchins and Mortimer Adler. Its mission is “to empower readers of all ages to become more reflective and responsible thinkers.”  To register, please use the program code HMA302.  For more information, contact Tom Cohn at .

Upcoming Great Book Discussions

Ryunosuke Akutagawa (1892-1927)

Monday, August 27, 2018 · 7:00pm to 9:00pm · Auditorium

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“Hell Screen,” by
Ryunosuke Akutagawa (1892-1927) 
. Yoshihide, a master painter, receives a commission to paint a scene of Hell on a screen. He holes up in his studio for serveral months and when he emerges, there remains one unfinished scene: that of a young woman burning to death in a flaming carriage. When he asks to view a demonstration of such an event, his patron obliges. Yoshihide is horrifed to see the subject is his own daughter. “Hell Screen” ranks among the finest stories from the early period of a writer who, Haruki Murakami has written, “lives on an immovable fixed point in Japanese literature.”

Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971)

Monday, September 24, 2018 · 7:00pm to 9:00pm · Auditorium

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“The Children of Light and the Children of Darkness,” by
by Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971) 
. In this book, Niebuhr, an influential Protestant theologian, develops his ideas concerning the crisis of Western democracy in the 1930’s and 40’s that led to the birth of totalitarian regimes and World War II. Niebuhr believed democracy needed to reform itself in order to survive the conflict that underlies it, that of moralists ("the children of light") vs. moral cynics ("the children of darkness"). Former FBI Director James B. Comey recently wrote of Niebuhr’s belief in “our obligation to seek justice in a flawed world.”

Ruth Benedict (1887-1948)

Monday, October 22, 2018 · 7:00pm to 9:00pm · Auditorium

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“Why Write,” by
Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980) 
. Great twentieth-century philosopher, Jean-Paul Sartre, first published this piece in the influential French political journal Les Temps Modernes. His writing deals with the imperatives of literature in the years immediately following World War II, particularly with the need for authors to become morally and politically engaged in the issues of the day.

"Kiss Me, Kill Me" Mystery Book Discussion Group

Bluebird, bluebird

Tuesday, August 21, 2018 · 2:00 - 4:00 pm · Main Meeting Room

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Bluebird, bluebird by Attica Locke
.  When it comes to law and order, East Texas plays by its own rules--a fact that Darren Mathews, a black Texas Ranger, knows all too well. Deeply ambivalent about growing up black in the lone star state, he was the first in his family to get as far away from Texas as he could. Until duty called him home. When his allegiance to his roots puts his job in jeopardy, he travels up Highway 59 to the small town of Lark, where two murders--a black lawyer from Chicago and a local white woman--have stirred up a hornet's nest of resentment. Darren must solve the crimes--and save himself in the process--before Lark's long-simmering racial fault lines erupt. A rural noir suffused with the unique music, color, and nuance of East Texas, Bluebird, Bluebird is an exhilarating, timely novel about the collision of race and justice in America.   Registration required. Open to all.

A Necessary Evil

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 · 2:00 - 4:00 pm · Main Meeting Room

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A Necessary Evil by Abir Mukherjee
.  A sequel to A Rising Man finds Captain Wyndham & Sergeant Banerjee investigating the assassination of a Maharajah's son, leaving the country in chaos.  Registration required. Open to all.

Book Talk & Signing with Author Gray Basnight: Flight of the Fox


Tuesday, October 23, 2018 · 2:00 - 4:00 pm · Main Meeting Room

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Flight of the Fox by Gray Basnight
.  Author Gray Basnight discusses his third and latest novel Flight of the Fox, described by Foreward Reviews as “something of a love letter to the classic espionage thrillers of the Cold War. Part chase story, part political thriller, the perfect read for anyone worried about the machinations of the U.S. government.” Prior to immersing himself in fiction writing, the author spent three decades in broadcast news, preceded by a few years pursuing an acting career. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Registration required. Open to all.  Registration required. Open to all.


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