Classic Book Club

Meeting Date:  second Tuesday of each month

Time:  6:00 p.m.     

Place:  Watermark Cafe

Leader:  Shirley Wells

This group meets the second Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. in the cafe or basement--wherever there's room--to discuss classic works by great authors—modern classics as well as the old gems.  Retired English-teacher-turned-Watermark-bookseller Shirley Wells will be leading the discussions.  And be sure to "Like" us on our Facebook page--Watermark Classic Book Club.

A Short Introduction to Classic Book Club:

1. How would you characterize the Classic Book Club?

The Classic Book Club reads books that are considered "classics"--ones that have withstood the test of time, whether that time period is over 200 years or 30 years. We especially love discovering "forgotten classics" and finally reading those books that have been on our To-Be-Read List.

2. Which book has been the most popular or caused the most lively discussion or was noteworthy in any way? Why?

One book that none of us were familiar with beforehand but ended up loving was Stoner by John Williams (published in 1965). The New York Times called it "the greatest American novel you've never heard of." Another classic we tackled--and were so happy we did--was Middlemarch by George Eliot (1874).

3. What might a new member expect when attending Classic Book Club for the first time?

A new visitor to the Classic Book Club can expect both light-hearted and serious discussions of that month's selection, as well as lots of laugher, conviviality, and "what else are you reading?" conversations.

See what we're reading this quarter as listed below. To see an archived list of our past reading selections, click HERE.

Desperate Characters Cover Image
By Paula Fox, Jonathan Franzen (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780393351101
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - March 30th, 2015

January 9, 2018:  Desperate Characters by Paula Fox



Tender is the Night Cover Image
ISBN: 9780684801544
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scribner Book Company - July 1st, 1995

February 13, 2018:  Tender Is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald


The Stone Angel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780226469362
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: University of Chicago Press - June 15th, 1993

March 13, 2018:  The Stone Angel by Margaret Laurence


Lucky Jim Cover Image
By Kingsley Amis, David Lodge (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780140186307
Availability: This book may be out of print, or may require a special order. Please call us for price & availability: (316) 682-1181.
Published: Penguin Classics - September 1st, 1993

April 10, 2018:  Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis


The Scarlet Letter Cover Image
By Nathaniel Hawthorne, Robert Milder (Introduction by), Tom Perrotta (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9780143107668
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Penguin Books - December 1st, 2015

May 8, 2018:  The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne