$30 – $160

Online Afternoon Literary Seminar Series

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Each seminar combines the deep pleasure of reading an exceptional novel with the depth of a college-level lecture.

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Afternoon Literary Seminar Series

Best-selling author, Ph.D. and former adjunct professor at Berkeley, Kimberly Ford is eager to explore four extraordinary books selected for the fall 2021 seminar series!

Enjoy a deep dive into each book in a relaxed and entertaining 90-minute session. Come for one meeting or indulge in a slightly richer experience (and save a little money) by signing up for all four. Books are included in the price of the ticket and will be shipped to each registrant so they can be read prior to the online seminar. 

4 Seminars included in the Series:

*  A Month In The Country, J.L. Carr- Tuesday, August 24, 1:00 pm  

*  Fleishman Is In Trouble, Taffy Brodesser-Akner - Wednesday, Sept 22 - 5:00 pm 

A Year in Provence, Peter Mayle - Wednesday, October 20 - 5:00 pm

Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit, Jeanette Winterson - Wed, Nov 17 - 5:00 pm

Ticket Information:

$160.00  Complete Series includes all four books for each seminar

$48.00  One Seminar includes a copy of the book being discussed at the seminar

*Thanks to a generous anonymous donor, the shipping cost will be waived if you elect to have the book shipped to you in the ticketing options.

A Month In The Country, J.L. Carr

Kimberly has been trying to get this slim novella into your hands for over a year! After supply issues, Carr is now ours to discuss. The perfect short novel for the waning days of the summer, A Month concerns an English man who spends a month post World War I restoring a painting in a small country church. This prose is just so gorgeous and the story is intriguing—not to say downright strange. It will be so good to pull apart the ingenious elements of this gem. Make the most of the dog days with this delicious escape.(For those of you who will have read Brideshead Revisited in the summer intensive, the two will provide a super interesting study in contrasts and similarities.)

Fleishman Is In Trouble, Taffy Brodesser-Akner

Long-time seminar goers know that it takes a really excellent contemporary novel to be chosen for the series. Fleishman is that kind of novel. A story of one Manhattanite couple’s ugly divorce, the novel is vivid, quick-reading satire that really shines a light on marriage and the modern age. Longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction in 2020, Fleishman is also an interesting look at feminism. The novel isn’t short but it’s ultra-compelling as the reader rushes to unravel a few HIGHLY intriguing plot points. There will be so much to unpack in this absorbing New York read.

A Year in Provence, Peter Mayle

Does this charming favorite even need any description? Mayle’s warm, funny, informative memoir isn’t just a record of a year or the South of France, it’s a generous, inspirational look at humanity. The seminars don’t tackle a ton of non-fiction, but this novelistic masterpiece will offer up plenty of discussion points. Whether or not you’ve already read the perennial favorite that led to three excellent sequels (people cannot get enough!)—join Kimberly for a deeper look into what makes A Year so magical.

Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit, Jeanette Winterson

If you didn’t get caught up in the Oranges CRAZE back in 1985, you are in for a treat. If you did, you’ll be happy to know that the novel still feels remarkable. The tale of a girl in the North of England who is adopted by an evangelical couple, Oranges handles huge questions of sexuality, class, loyalty and religion with the deftest, lightest touch. The book is warm and funny and really smart. It’s actually fascinating to consider a book from 36 years ago (!!) that tackles so many issues that are germane today. It makes us realize how far we’ve come in some ways and how not far we’ve come in others. In all ways, the novel’s prose is excellent and will provide Kimberly all sorts of grist for her mill.

 * Access information will be sent to all attendees in an email reminder 24 hours before the event as well as one hour prior to the event.  Registration will close one hour prior to the event.  One registered attendee will be given access to an event per email; please make sure that each registered attendee in your "order" has a unique email address associated with their name.

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Kepler's Literary Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization dedicated to enriching the community through literary and cultural programs. We produce over 150 programs each year bringing celebrated writers, artists, and original thinkers to engage with audiences of all ages and backgrounds.

Your ticket purchases and donations support our ability to provide outstanding literary programming for the readers and writers in our community. It also enables us to bring exceptional writers to underserved schools, put books in the hands of children who often don't have books at home, and offer free admission to students and their teachers to our literary events. 

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