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61st Annual Northwest Great Books (Virtual) Weekend Event 2021

June 26 - June 27

A Virtual Event!
61st Northwest Great Books Weekend
June 26 – 27, 2021


Please join other book lovers as we challenge these authors’ ideas and maybe learn more about ourselves.  

  • No-No Boy by John Okada, ISBN 9780295994048, a 1947 Asian-American novel of a Japanese-American man returning to Seattle after doing time in prison for not joining the army.  We will explore themes of isolation, identity, and patriotism.
  • The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin, ISBN 9780679744726, two essays that galvanized readers in the Civil Rights era. This is a disturbing examination of the consequences of religion and racial injustice.
  • Sweat by Lynn Nottage, ISBN 9781559365321, the 2017 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama of a group of women factory workers and the forces that divide friends.
  • A Game of Chess by Stefan Zweig, ISBN 9781847495815, the encounter between a Grand Master and the survivor of psychological torture by the Nazis.

We will have two discussions on Saturday, followed by a Virtual Social Gathering hosted by Cindy Bouldin, then conclude with two discussions on Sunday. 


June 26
June 27