Virtual Zoom class sessions
Jul 13, 2020 | The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts
Kravis Book Club is a series of three 90 minute Virtual Zoom class sessions on July 13, August 3 and August 24 from 2 pm – 3:30 pm. Limited to 15 participants.
Welcome to a summer’s world of reading and reacting at the Kravis Center. This new Zoom club will hold three summer sessions to verbally explore the texts of three books. Verbal reaction and interpretation are intrinsic to the joy of reading. Please join writer and teacher, Julie Gilbert on this vivid journey. The three books chosen in order are: Bonjour Tristesse by Francois Sagan, The Summer Book by Tove Jansson and The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion. The selected book should be read in its entirety prior to each session. For information, please contact Keena Gumbinner in the Kravis Center Education Department at 561.651.4339.
BONJOUR TRISTESSE by Francois Sagan
Published in 1954 when the author was just 18 years-old, BONJOUR TRISTESSE was an overnight sensation. Considered scandalous at the time, the novel tells the story of a teenage girl and her summer romance while visiting her playboy father in Paris. A tale of sexual liberation and adventure, BONJOUR TRISTESSE is revered internationally as beautifully composed and wonderfully written.
THE SUMMER BOOK by Tove Jansson
THE SUMMER BOOK tells the story of Sophia, a six-year-old girl and her grandmother as they spend the summer on a tiny unspoiled island in the Gulf of Finland. Together, they embark on various ventures, including building boats from bark, creating a miniature Venice and writing a study of local bugs. They discuss things that matter to young and old alike including life, death, the nature of God and of love. In THE SUMMER BOOK, Jansson creates her own complete world, full of the varied joys and sorrows of life.
THE YEAR OF MAGICAL THINKING by Joan Didion
Immediately acclaimed as a classic book about mourning, THE YEAR OF MAGICAL THINKING is an account of the events that took place after the author’s husband John Gregory Dunne passed away suddenly. This award-wining book (2005 National Book Award for Fiction), recounts Didion’s experiences with grief in the year that followed her husband’s death and the struggles she had to overcome when her daughter fell seriously ill.