book group 2018

Classes

Skirball Book Groups: The Pursuit of Justice

Fall 2018–Winter 2019

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 Last of the Just by André Schwarz-Bart—The 1959 novel about the history of Jewish persecution and the search for just individuals in every generation.

OCTOBER: Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson—A clarion call to fix our broken system of justice from one of today’s most brilliant lawyers.

NOVEMBER: Born a Crime by Trevor Noah—Noah’s unlikely path from South Africa to the desk of The Daily Show.

DECEMBER: Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng—An exquisitely observed novel about two families and their secrets.

JANUARY: Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward—The story of a Southern family derailed by drugs, incarceration, and despair.


GROUP 1: Tuesdays, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

September 4, October 9, November 13, December 11, January 8


GROUP 2: Tuesdays, 1:00–3:00 p.m.

September 4, October 9, November 13, December 11, January 8


GROUP 3: Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

September 5, October 10, November 14, December 12, January 9


GROUP 4: Wednesdays, 1:00–3:00 p.m.

September 5, October 10, November 14, December 12, January 9


GROUP 5: Thursdays, 1:00–3:00 p.m.

September 6, October 11, November 15, December 13, January 10


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