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Gold LEAF Book Discussion Group


with Mary Viruleg

Calendar Nov 9, 2021 at 10 am

The Book Discussion Group continues a long Gold LEAF tradition and will meet three times during the Fall/Winter Term to discuss works of fiction and non-fiction.  Our sessions are open and casual, but also stimulating and informative - we learn from each other.

The group meets on the 2nd Tuesday of the month except in December.

November 9Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro

January 11The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai

February 8: The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett 

Mary Viruleg has been facilitator for several years. The group is lively and involved and often facilitates itself.

Murder Mysteries: Why, Who, Which?


with Cathy Wimett

Calendar Dec 7, 2021 at 10 am

This single-session class presents an opportunity to talk about murder mysteries. Why do we read them? Who are our favorite main characters? How much do the supporting characters matter? Join this class to talk about the characteristics of murder mysteries, the characters we follow, the settings we want to visit, and the series that hook us. Together, we will generate a list of authors, series, and titles to refer to during the long, dark, mysterious, winter nights ahead.

Cathy was a teacher for 46 years: fourth grade, middle school, and college. She has been a reader for nearly 70 years. She is enthusiastically devoted to murder mysteries, especially series, and would like to talk with others who share her enthusiasm.

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