Upcoming Literature Classes

Short story, book, play, film, and television discussion classes are scattered throughout the year to give you ample time for pleasure reading and viewing between each one. Pick a course or two to suit your literary tastes and register today!

May Classes

Plays of Eugene O'Neill: Long Day's Journey into Night and The Iceman Cometh

4 Sessions, starting Wednesday, May 1 • 10:00am-11:30am • Westchester Reform TempleCourse 12316 • $120

Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales

4 Sessions, starting Thursday, May 9 (no class 5/16) • 10:30am-12:30pm • ZoomCourse 12566 • $120

BookTalk with Harriet Sobol: North Woods (2023) by Daniel Mason

Wednesday, May 15 • 1:00pm-2:30pm • ZoomCourse 12508 • $30

From Page to Screen: Claire Keegan’s Foster and its Film Adaptation, The Quiet Girl

Thursday, May 16 • 11:00am-12:30pm • Westchester Reform TempleCourse 12514 • $30

Book Chat with Anna Katsavos: Absolution (2023) by Alice McDermott*

Tuesday, May 28 • 10:00am-11:30am • ZoomCourse 12580 • $30

*Pair this course with the the Alice McDermott author visit (Course 12590) on Monday, May 6 (see below). Separate registration is required.

May also includes two special literary events!

Triple Play: A Novel, Nibbles, and Games

Author Visit: Debra Green Feldman

Mahjong at Mara's (2024)

Friday, May 3 • 11:00am-12:30pm •

Westchester Reform Temple

Course 12528 (author visit only) • $40 or

Course 12527 (author visit plus open play) • $200 (table for four)

Calling all mah jongg and canasta players for a midday author visit, light lunch, and two-hours of open play.

Meet Debra Green Feldman as she discusses her book, Mahjong at Mara's (2024). Her latest novel contains an endearing and diverse cast of characters set in suburban New Jersey. Protagonist Lila and her teenage son Dante find solace amidst a local group of mahjong-playing octogenarians. As new neighbors and Dante's friends enter the mix, all their lives take surprising turns that raise questions about concepts of family, loyalty, and love. After the book talk, enjoy a light lunch and then two hours of open play of either canasta or mah jongg. Bring your own tiles, cards and foursomes!

DEBRA GREEN FELDMAN is the author of Mahjong At Mara's (2024) and The Convention of Wives (2022). She received a BA from Rutgers University and an MPH from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.

Register for Author Visit: Debra Green Feldman, Mahjong at Mara's (2024) (author visit, copy of book, light lunch)
Register for Triple Play: A Novel, Nibbles, and Games (author visit, copies of book and light lunch for table of four players) 

Author Visit: Alice McDermott

Absolution (2023)

Monday, May 6 • 1:00pm-2:15pm • Zoom

Course 12590 • $30

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Meet Alice McDermott, prolific novelist, Professor of Humanities at Johns Hopkins University, and winner of the National Book Award for Charming Billy, in conversation with Anna Katsavos as they discuss McDermott's ninth and latest novel, Absolution (2023). This New York Times bestseller recounts the fictional interior lives of two American corporate wives, unencumbered by the virtue of humility, living in Saigon in the years before the Vietnam War, and the legacy of their charitable attempts to "do good" for the Vietnamese. Sixty years later, as one of the two wives reconnects with the daughter of the other, the shared memories yield a reckoning about the wives' altruistic efforts that parallel the unintended consequences of America's involvement in Southeast Asia's political landscape. McDermott's ninth novel contains pithy observations and a Barbie doll-centric plot device as it captures in absorbing detail the folly of the expat socialite lifestyle and white savior complex. Time will be reserved for audience Q&A. 

Pair this course with the online book discussion led by Anna Katsavos (Course 12580) on Tuesday, 5/28 (see above), also in the schedule. Separate registration is required.

ALICE McDERMOTT is an award-winning novelist and current Richard A. Macksey Professor of Humanities at Johns Hopkins University. She is the author of A Bigamist’s Daughter (1982), That Night (1987), At Weddings and Wakes (1992), Charming Billy (1998), Child of My Heart (2002), After This (2006), Someone (2013), The Ninth Hour (2017), and, her latest fiction, Absolution (2023). Charming Billy won both the National Book Award and the American Book Award. Three of McDermott’s other works have been finalists for the Pulitzer Prize and several have been in contention for the National Book Award, the PEN/Faulkner Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award, among many other literary honors. Her stories, essays and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, the Washington Post, the New Yorker, Harper’s Magazine, and elsewhere. She has received the Whiting Award, Centenary’s Corrington Award for Literary Excellence, and the F. Scott Fitzgerald Award for Achievement in American Literature. In 2013, she was inducted into the New York State Writers Hall of Fame.

ANNA KATSAVOS, PhD, is an experienced book group facilitator. A SUNY Professor Emerita of English Literature and Women’s Studies, she has received numerous awards for teaching, and her scholarship has been published in a variety of literary journals. She has interviewed many best-selling authors and has presented interactive programs focusing on a wide range of women’s issues. Additionally, she conducts writing, editing and publishing workshops.

Register for Author Visit and Book Discussion: Alice McDermott, Absolution (2023)
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