The Bookish Sort Book Club met on Thursday, January 2, 2020, at 5:30 PM at the Hawthorne Branch Library. Eleven of us attended a discussion of Joy School by Elizabeth Berg led by Pat. She began by telling us something about the author. When we learned that Berg was part of a military family and moved quite a bit, we understood why she wrote about the process with such insight. A couple of us found the topics and actions a bit mature for thirteen-year-old Katie, but others did not think they were. Several people talked about their experiences when teens regarding fitting in and moving to a new school. While not everyone was enthusiastic about the book, most people enjoyed the humor and identified with the experiences and life lessons in the book. Pat served a cake similar to the one that Katie took to Jimmy (Kate’s melted before it was presented to him.); the cake was delicious. Thanks, Pat, for the dessert and the insightful discussion!
A couple of people were asking after the meeting when the book club started. The first gathering was September 2013. We started our seventh year this past fall. Only twice have we failed to meet the first Thursday of the month. Once we did not meet because of multiple cases of the flu, and, Sept 2019, we canceled due to a hurricane.
Future selections are as follows:
- Feb 6 Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owen
- Mar 5 House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
Some local events:
The Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park will host a series of “Writer’s Talks” continuing in January 2020. Each series will feature a new writer, a reading, discussion, music and refreshments. Guests have an opportunity to tour the MKR home and grounds as well. Saturday, January 18th, 2020, 1:30 pm--Writer’s Talks at Rawlings House: Novelist Mallory O’Conner presents Epiphany’s Gift. Part mystery, part paranormal thriller and finally an environmental call to arms “from a writer well worth watching.”
Sunday, February 16th at 1:30—Writer’s Talks at Rawlings House: Susie Baxter presents Pumping Sunshine. Memories of a Suwannee River childhood which one reviewer calls “a treasure…touching and honest, leaving its mark indelibly on the heart.”
Marjorie Kinnnan Rawlings State Historic Park, South County Road 325, Cross Creek.
January 24-26, 2020 – 10:00 am – 7:00 PM
Sunshine State Book Festival in Gainesville.
See www.sunshinestatebookfestival.com for details. Our own Caroline Anaya and Jo Ann Lordahl will exhibit along with other local writers on Saturday, Jan 25, 10 am-5 pm at Santa Fe College Fine Arts Hall. On Sunday, Jan 26, the event includes a caravan tour of sites associated with Gainesville’s literary heritage, including:
· Robert Frost reading at the Thomas Center where he resided
· William Bartram at Paynes Prairie*
· Field trip to Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings’ home