skirball book groups

Classes

Skirball Book Groups: Something Different

Winter–Spring 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.

FEBRUARY: Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly by Anthony Bourdain—An exploration of the intense, competitive, and sometimes hazardous culinary industry.

MARCH: The Library Book by Susan Orlean—A chronicle of the 1986 LA Public Library fire and the crucial role that libraries play in our lives.

APRIL: The Other Americans by Laila Lalami—A powerful new novel about the suspicious death of a Moroccan immigrant.

MAY: Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed by Lori Gottlieb—A boldly revealing portrait of our mysterious lives and our power to transform them.

JUNE: The Dutch House by Ann Patchett—A moving story about the indelible bond between two siblings, their childhood home, and a gripping past.


GROUP 1: Tuesdays, 10:00 am–12:00 pm

February 11, March 10, April 14, May 12, June 9


GROUP 2: Tuesdays, 1:00–3:00 pm

February 11, March 10, April 14, May 12, June 9


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

February 12, March 11, April 15, May 13, June 10


GROUP 4: Wednesdays, 1:00–3:00 pm

February 12, March 11, April 15, May 13, June 10


GROUP 5: Thursdays, 1:00–3:00 pm

February 13, March 12, April 16, May 14, June 11


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