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Spring 2018 Literary Seminar Series

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Spring 2018 Literary Seminar Series

Best-selling author, Ph.D. and former adjunct professor at Berkeley, Kimberly is eager to explore four extraordinary books selected for the spring 2018 seminars!

Midway between the warmest of book clubs and the most elucidating lecture, Kimberly's seminars entertain, inspire and help you read better. Combining lively discussion with insightful explication, Kimberly helps her readers delve more deeply into novels 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 seminars and should be picked up at Kepler's (and read) prior to the meeting date.

4 Seminars included in the Series:

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 1:00-2:30pm - I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
Tuesday, March 13, 2018 - 1:00-2:30pm - Winter's Bone by Daniel Woodrell
Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 1:00-2:30pm - Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
Tuesday, May 15, 2018 - 1:00-2:30pm - Burger's Daughter by Nadine Gordimer

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$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

Refreshments served

I Capture the Castle is far and away the most DELIGHTFUL of the books read in the past two years of seminars. Nothing will see you through chilly winter days like Dodie Smith's intriguing, original work. Set in England in the 1930s, the story reads like a grittier, far more liberated Downton Abbey. Enormously popular in the UK, this is a sleeper classic that is guaranteed to yield the kind of entertaining, warm seminar session that leaves you feeling like it's one of the best books you've ever read.


The movie version of Winter's Bone was excellent and deserves its many awards, but its enormous heart and bleak grit come straight from the pages of Daniel Woodrell's amazing novel. The book is one of the best contemporary works that Kimberly has read in ages, Woodrell managing to transform the desperation of meth in the Ozarks into a complex literary gem. This is an important novel to read now, but you'll forget that as you tear through the pages of this study in excellent, deeply compelling writing.


Whether you read this Booker-Prize-winning tour de force when it first came out, or you are only getting to it now, treat yourself to a seminar to reveal how Saunders makes reading so ridiculously rewarding. Lincoln in the Bardo is the man's first novel--the one Kimberly has been waiting decades for him to write--and George doesn't come close to disappointing. Taking a good look at anything through this author's eyes is worthwhile, but our trying times make it all the more interesting to explore Lincoln and the issues that make our country what it is.


Kimberly fell in love with the prose of Nobel-Prize-winning Nadine Gordimer long before politics seemed as important as it does today. After revisiting Burger's Daughter upon Gordimer's death in 2014, Kimberly realized that the book was not only gorgeous and completely engrossing, but important. This anti-apartheid novel is part historical fiction (looking, in part, at Mandela and the Soweto uprisings), part father-daughter relationship exploration, and part love story. It is, in short, a novel you should do yourself the favor of reading.





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