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What is "Reading For Life"?

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A year-long program centered around four book lectures and focused on the act of reading. Community discussions and podcasts will be interspersed between lectures.

Reading For Life is a movement of the imagination toward the realization of genuine community. We invite people from all sectors of society to read together in a shared learning adventure.

The experience is structured like a book group, but one skillfully facilitated to maintain the richest possible dialogue among the participants and the source text. The core idea is that works of literature offer precious resources of energy and vision for the creation and sustenance of healthy communities.

Reading For Life leverages this unique resource to grow community from the inside-out  - to link imaginations to imaginations in an ongoing conversation about the concerns we share and aspirations we harbor. It is educational and entertaining in the richest sense of both terms, a living classroom as wide and deep as our collective spirit can imagine.

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Our presenter:

Michael Verde

Michael is the enthusiastic presenter who will help facilitate our discussions. Along with an engaging personality, Michael brings to the table unique literary insights and brilliant observations.

Lecture Events:


October 28, 2021 - To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

January 13, 2022 - Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

May 26, 2022 - Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison

August 11, 2022 - Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez


Winter 2023 - Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller

Spring 2023 - The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien

Summer 2023 - Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Fall 2023 - Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula LeGuin

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Periodic airings on KSMQ

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