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October 13, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am

|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every month that begins at 9:00 am on day Second of the month, repeating until December 8, 2020

An event every month that begins at 12:00 pm on day Third of the month, repeating until December 16, 2020

Presented Online Live by Dr. J. Larry Allums

For the first year since 1998, the Dallas Institute’s book groups will not break bread together before partaking of the sumptuous literary repast to which we have become accustomed. Alas. But the alterations that Covid-19 has forced upon us have enabled many to read more than they would during normal times. Remember the pastime of naming the books you’d choose if you were sentenced to life on a deserted island. With Amazon, the supply can be endless. So as we cope and wait for a change, we’ll dine alone and order our own books, but meet for our customary rich discussions of a new novel each month. A couple of NOTES:

  • If you’d prefer that we order your books for you, just let us know.
  • We plan to invite authors to join us for 15 minutes at the start of our sessions. Whenever we get a commitment, we’ll invite Breakfast Group members to join the Lunch Group, or vice versa.

Here’s the Fall 2020 lineup:

September 8 (Breakfast), September 16 (Lunch)
The Parisian, Isabella Hammad

October 13 (Breakfast), October 21 (Lunch)
Homeland Elegies, Ayad Akhtar

November 10 (Breakfast), November 18 (Lunch)
Transcendent Kingdom, Yaa Gyasi

December 8 (Breakfast), December 16 (Lunch)
The Vanishing Half, Brit Bennett

Breakfast Group: Tuesdays, 9 – 10:30 am
Lunch Group: Wednesdays, 12:00 – 1:30pm

Per session: $25, Educator Members $10
Semester: $75, Members $65, Educator Members $30



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 13, 2020
9:00 am - 10:30 am


TX United States