Classes

Skirball Book Groups: Revisiting the 1960s

Winter–Spring 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.

FEBRUARY: In Cold Blood by Truman Capote—A harrowing nonf iction account of the murder of a family in smalltown Kansas

MARCH: The Chosen by Chaim Potok—A novel about the friendship between two Jewish families in 1940s Williamsburg, Brooklyn

APRIL: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou—An autobiography about writer and poet Angelou’s traumatic childhood

MAY: Portnoy’s Complaint by Philip Roth—The controversial novel detailing the young Jewish protagonist’s sexual desires

JUNE: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey—A novel about a rebel patient’s battle with the authoritarian administration of a psychiatric hospital


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

February 12, March 12, April 9, May 14, June 11


GROUP 2: Tuesdays, 1:00–3:00 p.m.

February 12, March 12, April 9, May 14, June 11


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

February 13, March 13, April 10, May 15, June 12


GROUP 4: Wednesdays, 1:00–3:00 p.m.

February 13, March 13, April 10, May 15, June 12


GROUP 5: Thursdays, 1:00–3:00 p.m.

February 14, March 14, April 11, May 16, June 13


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