Wivenhoe Bookshop Magazine & Newsletter | Thursday 23 October 2014

Delta Wedding by Eudora Welty

Eudora, age 16, graduated from Jackson High School in 1925.
Photo ©Eudora Welty, LLC; Eudora Welty Collection; Mississippi Department of Archives and History

Delta Wedding by Eudora Welty

With Faith Ressmeyer

A six week course

Thursday mornings from 9.45 – 11.30am, from Oct 23rd – Nov 27th 2014

Thursday afternoons from 2.30 – 4.15pm, from Oct 23rd – Nov 27th 2014

Faith takes her literature appreciation groups back to the American South with Delta Wedding by Eudora Welty. She says that:
‘This rich and vivid novel of family and relationships is written with an eye and ear for the Mississippi Delta’s cottonfields and bayous before the troubled times of the Depression and, we hope, will provide a lift for everyone’s spirits.’
 

Newcomers are always welcome.

Thursdays, morning and afternoon sessions likely, although please note that running of the afternoon class is dependent on a minimum of 6 attending.

The course fee of £65 includes coffee, biscuits and a copy of the book.

For information, or to book your place, phone 01206 824050, or email the bookshop.

PREVIOUS COURSES WITH FAITH RESSMEYER

Great Short Stories by American Women

With Faith Ressmeyer

A six week course

Thursday mornings from 9.45 – 11.30am, from March 13th – April 17th 2014

Thursday afternoons from 2.30 – 4.15pm, from March 13th – April 17th 2014

Faith Ressmeyer returns in March with a new course on American women writers.

The book includes many of the authors previously read by the group, including Willa Cather, Nella Larsen, Zora Neale Hurston and Kate Chopin. Tutor Faith says:

‘For those of you who have participated in previous sessions, this collection brings together almost all of the authors whose books we have read so far.  For newcomers it will be an exploration across a range of late 19th and early 20th century writers, reflecting the creative imaginations and concerns of American women. We may not study all the stories but a guide to each week’s reading will be put in place before the course begins.’

Newcomers are always welcome.

Thursdays, morning and afternoon sessions likely, although please note that running of the afternoon class is dependent on a minimum of 6 attending.

The course fee of £60 includes coffee and biscuits. Buy your copy of the book at the bookshop and receive a special discount! 

For information, or to book your place, phone 01206 824050, or email the bookshop.

Reading ‘Quicksand’ and ‘Passing’ by Nella Larsen

 With Faith Ressmeyer

A six week course

Thursday mornings from 9.45 – 11.30am, from Oct 17th 2013 – Nov 21st 2013

Thursday afternoons from 2.30 – 4.15pm, from Oct 17th 2013 – Nov 21st 2013

Faith Ressmeyer makes a welcome return in October, and we’ll be continuing our study of novels by American women, and moving to the northern US cities of New York and Chicago.

 This autumn’s group will look at two short novels, Quicksand and Passing by Nella Larsen, an important figure of the Harlem Renaissance.

 Larsen’s heroines, or anti-heroes, reveal and explore 1920s attitudes towards racial issues as well as challenging our own.

Newcomers are always welcome. Thursdays, morning and afternoon sessions likely, October 17 – Nov 21. NB running of the afternoon class is dependent on a minimum of 6 attending.

About the Author

Nella Larsen was born in Chicago in 1893 of a Danish mother and a West Indian father. She began writing during the Harlem Renaissance, a period during which black artists, writers, and musicians were prominent in the New York art scene.

The success of Quicksand and Passing made Nella Larsen one of the most fêted woman writers of her generation. She died in 1963 in obscurity. Now her ‘lost’ work is being rediscovered and celebrated.

Praise for the Books

Quicksand and Passing are novels that I will never forget. They open up a whole world of experience and struggle that seemed to me, when I first read them years ago, absolutely absorbing, fascinating and indispensable.’ Alice Walker

Quicksand and Passing do not just explore the contradictory terrain of women and romance; its sexual politics tear apart the very fabric of the romance form.’ Hazel Carby

The course fee of £60 includes coffee and biscuits. Buy your copy of the book at the bookshop and receive a special discount! 

For information, or to book your place, phone 01206 824050, or email the bookshop.

Prevoius Courses with Faith Ressmeyer 

See below for details of previous courses.

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Reading ‘Their Eyes Were Watching God’

 With Faith Ressmeyer

A six week course

Thursday mornings from 9.45 – 11.30am, from March 14th 2013 – April 18th 2013

Thursday afternoons from 2.30 – 4.15pm, from March 14th 2013 – April 18th 2013

By popular demand, Faith Ressmeyer will lead a further course on a book set in the USA, and written by a woman.

Their Eyes Were Watching is by Zora Neale Hurston, one of The USA’s less well known great writers.  Writing in the 30′s and setting her tale in the country’s first all-black town, Zora Neale Hurston grabs us and submerges us in this unique story –  one version of what it was like to live and love as a dynamic black woman in a liberated but still-racist society.  Get ready to laugh and mourn.

 Mesmerizing in its immediacy and haunting in its subtlety, Their Eyes Were Watching God tells the story of Janie Crawford—fair-skinned, long-haired, dreamy woman—who comes of age expecting better treatment than what she gets from her three husbands and community. Then she meets Tea Cake, a younger man who captivates Janie’s heart and spirit, and offers her the chance to relish life without being one man’s mule or another man’s adornment.

Initially published in 1937, this novel about a proud, independent black woman’s quest for identity, a journey that takes her through three marriages and back to her roots, has been one of the most widely read and highly acclaimed novels in the canon of African-American literature.

 Publisher’s Synopsis

The course fee of £56 includes coffee and a discounted copy of the book.

For information, or to book your place, phone 01206 824050, or email the bookshop.

See below for details of previous courses. Join our mailing list to receive information about future courses.

Reading My Antonia

with Faith Ressmeyer

a six week course

Thursday mornings from 9.45 – 11.30am, from November 1st – Dec 6th 2012

Willa Sibert Cather

Living among the first generation of white settlers in 1880s Nebraska, writer Willa Cather witnessed the rigours of pioneer life for herself.

Our autumn reader’s course  studies her great American classic. ‘My Antonia’, part of the ‘Nebraska’ trilogy.

Our tutor Faith says:

‘We move to the pioneer plains of Nebraska with Willa Cather’s ‘My Antonia’, a study of lands newly occupied (and those left behind) and of the lives of those who survive and thrive or die there.

Willa Cather’s earlier novel O! Pioneers is the perfect accompaniment for those who wish to start early and get immersed in the captivating landscape and characters of this time and place.’

The course fee of £50 includes tea/coffee, and a copy of the book.

 For information, or to book your place, phone 01206 824050, or email the bookshop.

See below for details of previous courses. Join our mailing list to receive information about future courses.

Reading ‘The Heart is a Lonely Hunter’

Thursday mornings from 9.45 – 11.30am, from February 9th – March 15th 2012

Carson McCullers

Carson McCullers, friend of Truman Capote and Tennessee Williams, wrote The Heart is a Lonely Hunter when she was just 23.

The novel is the choice of Faith Ressmeyer for the next bookshop study group from February 9 to March 15th, 2012, on Thursday mornings from 10 – 11.30.  Sign up soon and share close reading and stimulating discussion.

The course fee of £48 includes tea/coffee and biscuits, and a discount of £1 on the book.

There may be an optional film screening at the end of the course on Thursday March 22nd – timings TBA.

For information, or to book your place, phone 01206 824050, or email the bookshop.

See below for details of previous courses. Join our mailing list to receive information about future courses.

Reading ‘The Awakening’

Thursday mornings from 10 – 11.30am, from October 13th – November 17th.

Kate Chopin

Head South for some Louisiana heat this autumn as tutor Faith Ressmeyer makes a welcome return for our autumn reading course. This time we’ll be studying ‘The Awakening’ by Kate Chopin.

Set in New Orleans and a nearby Gulf island, this short novel’s passionate and enigmatic protagonist searches for true meaning in her life and challenges society’s norms as she does so.

Sometimes called an American Madame Bovary, both the author and the work attracted critical horror when the book was published in 1899.  Come and find out why!

The 6 weekly sessions will undertake an informal study of the book, and will take place on Thursday mornings between 10 and 11.30am.

The course fee of £48 includes tea/coffee and biscuits, and a copy of the book.

For information, or to book your place, phone 01206 824050, or email the bookshop.

 

Reading ‘Ethan Frome’

Set in chilly Massachusetts, this novella by Edith Wharton, published in 1911, tells the story of isolated characters and, as the heat of the relationship between them develops, the tragedy that unites them.

Faith Ressmeyer is a lover of good literature, and has recently retired after a lifetime of teaching. Keen to attract all-comers to a ‘good read’, and to share her enthusiasm for ‘Ethan Frome’, she has kindly offered to lead an informal study of this book in 6 sessions at Wivenhoe Bookshop.

Sessions will take place on Thursday mornings  from 10 – 11.30 am, beginning Feb 3rd 2011, and ending on March 10th.   Included in the fee of £42 is a copy of the book; a screening of  the film, and a warm room to meet in and talk about the story. Refreshments will be available, and numbers will be limited so sign up in the bookshop soon.

Faith talks about the course here:

“I chose this book because it is a dramatic and interesting story and a favourite of mine.  It is short but also packed with good writing and contains lots to talk about.  We will look together at what we read for each session (averaging only about 20 pages per week).  My hope is that I will ‘lead’ the group in discussing the book rather than ‘teach’ it, and the course structure might look something like this: “

Introduction, Setting and Structure

Establishing Character

Themes and Readings

The Climax and Narrative Style

Viewing of the Film

Comparing the Book and Film. Final ideas and opinions.

For information, or to book your place, phone 01206 824050, or email the bookshop.

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