Coming this fall to your library: Classics book groups

Five Multnomah County libraries will host new series of book discussions

PORTLAND, OR – Ever wished you could get to all those literary masterpieces you never read in school — but still want to explore? This fall, Multnomah County Library invites you to participate in a new series of free book discussion groups called Read the Classics.

Designed to illuminate the greatest works of literature, each four-part Read the Classics series will be led by a noted humanities professor from Reed College or Portland State University. The six different series explore Western philosophy, Russian literature in translation, and the masterpieces of four historical literary eras. Featured titles include great reads such as Don Quixote, The Odyssey and Great Expectations.

The 24 two-hour discussions are scheduled from September 2008 through May 2009. Participants can focus on one or more four-part series or pick and choose from individual sessions, which will be held at Central Library, Hollywood Library, Woodstock Library, Hillsdale Library and Gresham Library.

Participation is free but registration is required. A limited supply of each book title will be available to borrow by those who register.

Read the Classics is made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities Fund of The Library Foundation.