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Good news for readers of classics! The Davis-Kidd Classics Club will reform in the fall here at Parnassus Books! We will meet several times over the next year to talk about important, older books (generally published before 1960) that we either missed or want to revisit. Scroll down for upcoming dates and book selections!
"It's all about the book."
This week at the Merle Haggard concert at the Ryman Auditorium, I had "classic" on my mind. Surely what we were hearing and seeing there Tuesday night qualifies as "classic." It was music that had been around a long while and that still resonates with an audience, sung by a 77-year-old who still has what it takes. If "Mama Tried," "The Bottle Let Me Down," and "Place to Fall Apart" have a more mature vibe now, we didn't care; the sound was pure and true. Two sold-out shows testify that Haggard music has lasted nearly 50 years and still "plays well" with audiences all over the country.
Classic books are much the same, it seems to me. A classic has been around a long time, is still read and can still speak to readers today. Oftentimes it will mean something different if read at different ages or stages of life, but it will still resonate with readers. At Davis Kidd Booksellers, I facilitated a Classics Club for 15 years, and we read and discussed more than 120 classic books. In effect, we taught each other during the meetings about important books we either missed or wanted to revisit.
I am going to reconstitute the Classics Club here at Parnassus in November, planning to meet every few months rather than monthly. I hope that attendees will actually re-read the chosen book rather than just "sort of remember" it from high school or college. This should be a fun thing, not a class or anything stressful. We will try to determine why these selections are deemed classic, and if they "play well" with us.
Parnassus Book Club Selections
September - Regeneration, by Pat Barker
October - Ordinary Grace, by William Kent Krueger
Parnassus Classics Club - The Long Goodbye, by Raymond Chandler
Parnassus book club meetings are free and open to anyone. Buy the book, read the book and join the discussion!
Kathy Schultenover, Book Club Coordinator