skirball book groups: In Between

Classes

Skirball Book Groups: In Between

Fall 2019–Winter 2020

About the Program

Under the direction of a professional book group facilitator, participants examine the book together, analyzing characters, themes, and motifs and learning about the author’s background. Expect lively, interactive classes. Discussion questions are distributed in advance of each class session. Participants must read the book prior to each session.

SEPTEMBER: The Line Becomes a River by Francisco Cantú—A haunting reflection on the US-Mexico border by a former border patrol agent.

OCTOBER: Native Speaker by Chang-rae Lee—The 1996 thriller about a Korean American spy’s attempt to overcome feelings of alienation.

NOVEMBER: There There by Tommy Orange—The 2019 Pulitzer Prize finalist portraying the diverse challenges of Native American life in Oakland, California.

DECEMBER: Educated by Tara Westover—A bestselling memoir about the author’s isolated upbringing by extreme survivalists.

JANUARY: The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri—A family epic spanning continents and generations.


GROUP 1: Tuesdays, 10:00 am–12:00 pm

September 17, October 22, November 19, December 17, January 14


GROUP 2: Tuesdays, 1:00–3:00 pm

September 17, October 22, November 19, December 17, January 14


GROUP 3: Wednesdays, 10:00 am–12:00 pm

September 18, October 23, November 20, December 18, January 15


GROUP 4: Wednesdays, 1:00–3:00 pm

September 18, October 23, November 20, December 18, January 15


GROUP 5: Thursdays, 1:00–3:00 pm

September 19, October 24, November 21, December 19, January 16


Instructor: 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