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October 16, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

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Presented by Dr. J. Larry Allums

Novelist Ben Dolnick recently wrote in The New York Times that “the mind — for all its endless rationalizations and solemn prohibitions — is a ceaseless pleasure hound. Once I’m actually enjoying a book, it feels as if the pages are turning themselves; I find myself reading in all the little pockets of time that were once reserved for the serious business of checking to see if my dishwasher pods have shipped. And pleasure is, after all, the reason I read. When I’ve found the right book, and I’m reading it the right way, reading is fun — head-tingling, goosebump-raising fun. It’s a vivid, continuous dream that is somehow both directed from without and cast from within, and I get to be awake for it.” A good depiction of our book group readers; give us a try.


September 10 (Breakfast), September 18 (Lunch)
The Overstory, Richard Powers     

October 8 (Breakfast), October 16 (Lunch)
The Friend, Sigrid Nunez      

November 12 (Breakfast), November 20 (Lunch)
The Old Drift, Namwali Serpell

December 10 (Breakfast), December 18 (Lunch)
Washington Black, Esi Edugyan        

Semester: $225 Nonmembers, $200 Members, $90 Educator Members
Per session: $60 Nonmembers, Members $51, $24 Educator Members 

*Includes Book and Meal



DR. J. LARRY ALLUMS is Executive Director of the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture. He earned his M.A. in Literature and his Ph.D. in Literature and Political Philosophy from the University of Dallas’ Institute of Philosophic Studies. He came to the Dallas Institute in 1998 from the University of Mobile, where he was Professor of English and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. He has edited a volume of essays on epic poetry, The Epic Cosmos, and published articles on ancient Greek and Roman literature, Dante, and writers of the American Southern renascence, including William Faulkner, Allen Tate, Robert Penn Warren, and Caroline Gordon. Under his leadership, the Dallas Institute continues to emphasize its commitment to urban issues and its longstanding work with pre-K through 12th grade elementary and secondary school teachers, principals, and superintendents.



October 16, 2019
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


The Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture
2719 Routh Street
Dallas, TX 75201 United States
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