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63rd Pacific Northwest Great Books Weekend

June 25, 2022 - June 26, 2022

Seattle Pacific University in Seattle, Washington

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

  • W;t by Margaret Edson.  (Yes, W;t is the correct spelling-once you read the play you’ll understand why) This is a play of a woman dying of cancer who reflects on her life using the intricacies of the English language.  We’ll explore the pursuit of knowledge and the wish for immortality.
  • The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett.  This is historical fiction of three generations of a black family whose light skin allows them to pass as white.  We’ll explore the themes of domestic violence, the search for love, and how far people go to be accepted as beautiful.
  • The Second Founding by Eric Foner.  This non-fiction book recounts the history of the 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments, and the efforts of the Supreme Court and some states to undermine them.  We’ll explore the themes of how to ensure justice for all and the balance between federal and states’ rights.
  • Speech Sounds by Octavia Butler (A free PDF version can be found online just Google, Speech Sounds by Octavia Butler).  This short story is set in the near future following a pandemic which left some people unable to read or write, while others cannot speak.  We will explore the themes of communication and survival.

We will have two discussions on Saturday, meet for drinks and dinner at a nearby restaurant, then conclude with two discussions on Sunday.

Registration includes Saturday and Sunday lunch, Sunday breakfast, cost to rent rooms, and insurance.

Directions and registration time will come out in early June.

Information about discussion and meal times will be picked up at registration.

For clarification, phone Steven Burdick 253-850-3514 or email to

Make checks payable to Pacific Northwest Great Books and mail to Cindy Bouldin 5731 NE 62nd St. Seattle, WA 98115 or register online below.

Commuter:  $95.00
Single staying on campus:  $160.00
Couple staying on campus:  $230.00.



June 25, 2022
June 26, 2022


Seattle Pacific University
3307 3rd Ave W
Seattle, WA 98119 United States