Featured offerings: This winter, the Loft presents True North. Visit our True North page to learn more and plan your participation.

Reading the Other

Date: 2/21/18 – 4/18/18

Location: The Loft at Open Book

Day of the Week: Wednesday

Time: 6:00 - 9:00 pm

Ages: Adult

Class Level: Open to All Levels

Genre: For Readers

• Regular: $108.00
• Member: $97.20
• Low-Income: $75.60

Our first class meeting will focus on examining our own identities through reading, discussion, and brief writing exercises, with a focus on excerpts and essays from Toni Morrison's Considering the Other. In this way, we'll determine what "other" means to each of us. Then—and this may be difficult—we'll choose two short books to read that are wildly outside of our collective comfort zones. The teaching artist will bring recommendations (such as Long Division by Kiese Laymon, Fish in Exile by Vi Khi Nao, and Mr. Fox by Helen Oyeyemi), but we'll also consider ideas brought in by the group.

In the remaining sessions, we'll discuss those books intensively to interrogate ourselves, our identities, and our understanding of the "other." The class will center discussion and inquiry, but will include related writing exercises that can be applied to creative work (enhancing the crafts of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry) or for personal growth and self-understanding. This class is for any reader who's hit a rut and wants to try out something new; it may even provide clarity for those alienated by the political climate, as we'll find other worlds, and new ways of looking at this busted one. Class will meet in the Loft Book Club Room; grab a glass of wine or a cuppa joe at the cafe on the first floor and join in the conversation!