WHEN: Thursday afternoons, 10:30noon, 7 sessions
WHERE: Astoria Senior Center
WHO: Steve Berk
WHAT: Steve's chosen book for fall term is Invisible Man, by Ralph Ellison, an unknown writer, propelled to literary standing by the popularity of this book. Published in 1953, it was on the best-seller list for 16 weeks and won a National Book Award for fiction. Through this literary wonder, we'll examine the intricacies of mid-century African-American experience, and how it has added richness and texture to our cultural life. This is territory Steve knows well, having written and taught about it for much of his academic career.
Last year we studied "eras"...the 20's, 30's, and 50's; this term we are focused on Ellison's depiction of an ethnic experience few of us have any direct knowledge of. That, in itself, makes it valuable. Learning to appreciate the contribution made by African-Americans to every aspect of our daily lives is priceless.
This is a fairly hefty book, about 550 pages; Steve suggests we read the first 100 pages before class starts, if possible. Ten copies of the book will be available for $10/each, by Sept. 1st. If you'd like to reserve a copy, please call Sue at 503-338-0313. The sooner, the better. Copies also available online or through local bookstores.
September 18 -- Board meeting, 2-4 pm, Warrenton Community Center
September 28 -- Fall quarter classes begin
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