Collection of books featured in the Skirball's 2021 Fall/Winter Book Group

Classes

Skirball Book Groups: Alternate Realities

Online*

Fall–Winter 2021

About the Program

Open yourself up to new cultures and ideas through fiction and nonfiction! Under the direction of a professional book group facilitator, discuss the characters, themes, and motifs of five critically acclaimed books with a thoughtful cohort of fellow readers.

SEPTEMBER: The Lost Shtetl by Max Gross—A work of speculative fiction abouta hidden Jewish village in Poland that escaped the Holocaust.

OCTOBER: Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter by Mario Vargas Llosa—A masterful novel about an illicit romance and a brilliant scriptwriter’s gradual descent into madness.

NOVEMBER: Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro—A dystopian novel that looksat our world through the eyes of an artificial humanoid.

DECEMBER: Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam—A magnetic story about how our closest bonds are reshaped—and unexpected new relationships are forged—in moments of crisis.

JANUARY: The Office of Historical Corrections by Danielle Evans—An exquisite collection of short stories that walk the line between reality and satire to examine race, privilege, and female friendship.


*Please note: All September and October sessions will be conducted online. Groups 1–4 may transition from online to in-person starting with the November session. Group 5 is entirely online. 

GROUP 1: Tuesdays, 10:00 am–12:00 pm (PT)

September 28, October 19, November 23, December 21, January 18


GROUP 2: Tuesdays, 1:00–3:00 pm (PT)

September 28, October 19, November 23, December 21, January 18


GROUP 3: Wednesdays, 10:00 am–12:00 pm (PT)

September 29, October 20, November 24, December 22, January 19


GROUP 4: Wednesdays, 1:00–3:00 pm (PT)

September 29, October 20, November 24, December 22, January 19


GROUP 5—ONLINE GROUP: Thursdays, 7:00–9:00 pm (PT)

September 23, October 14, November 18, December 16, January 13


Facilitator: Janet Bain Fattal holds an MA in comparative literature from UCLA. She has taught world literature and composition at many levels. A screenwriter, novelist, and book group facilitator, Fattal loves to share her passion for stories and ideas with others, particularly in an informal environment.

“The teacher was so much more than I expected. Our discussions were well-led, lively, and informative.”—former Skirball student