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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

Ruth Benedict (1887-1948)

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

Register using code HMA302
“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.

Richard Wright (1908–1960)

Monday, November 26, 2018 · 7:00pm to 9:00pm · Auditorium

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“Bright and Morning Star,” by
Richard Wright (1908–1960) 
. Johnny is a black Communist Party organizer in the deep rural South, on a collision course with the local authorities. His mother’s efforts to protect him are inspiring and gripping. Wright’s short story was first published in 1939 in the magazine The New Masses.

Please Note: There is no December Great Book discussion.





"Kiss Me, Kill Me" Mystery Book Discussion Group

Bluebird, bluebird

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 · 2:00 - 4:00 pm · Main Meeting Room

Register using code HMA165
Cop Town by Karin Slaughter
.  Kate isn't the only woman on the force who's feeling the heat. Maggie Lawson followed her uncle and brother into the ranks to prove her worth in their cynical eyes. When she and Kate, her new partner, are pushed out of the citywide search for a cop killer, their fury, pain, and pride finally reach the boiling point.  Registration required. Open to all.

A Necessary Evil

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 · 2:00 - 4:00 pm · Main Meeting Room

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Falling in Love by Donna Leon
Enjoy Pizza & A Book to Celebrate the Holidays!  While attending the performance of an opera star, Commissario Guido Brunetti learns that the singer is being stalked by an obsessed fan who attacks a fellow performer.  Registration required. Open to all.





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

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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.

Book Talk & Signing with Author Kathleen Murray Moran: Life Detonated, The True Story of a Widow and a Hijacker

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Sunday, December 2, 2018 · 2:00 - 4:00 pm · Auditorium

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Life Detonated, The True Story of a Widow and a Hijacker by Kathleen Murray Moran
.  This is the gripping true story of Kathleen Murray, a young mother whose life was changed when her husband, an NYPD bomb disposal expert, was killed by a terrorist’s bomb left in a Grand Central Station locker. It details the hijacking of TWA Flight 355, her correspondence with the wife of the hijacker, Murray’s appeal for the woman’s release from prison, and the final face-to-face meeting where the truth of who the hijacker was and what she wanted ripped away her ability to trust. An excerpt from Kathleen’s memoir went viral on Salon.com. A podcast recorded for NPR’s Snap Judgment earned Atlantic Monthly’s Top-Fifty spot. Kathleen, co-founder of Survivors of the Shield (SOS), was recently approached by 20/20 to participate in a feature on forgiveness. Books will be available for purchase and signing!  Registration required. Open to all.

 

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