Ulysses? Check. War and Peace? Check. Flannery O’Connor? Check. Proust, Middlemarch, Moby-Dick and Don Quixote? Check, check, check and… check. Over the past seven years, hundreds of readers have joined Evanston Public Library to read classic works of literature, with plenty of camaraderie and support over the course of one full year. That’s seven missions accepted and seven missions accomplished, and that’s not too shabby. But make no mistake, brave readers, our literary adventures are far from through, and retirement is not an option. Whether you’ve joined us before or not, it’s time to get your bookmarks ready because Mission Impossible: Dostoevsky is about to begin.
For MI:8 we will be reading Dostoevsky’s masterpieces The Brothers Karamazov and Crime & Punishment, and on Tuesday, September 12 at 7 pm, Mission Impossible veterans and new recruits alike are invited to our Kick-off Extravaganza in the Community Meeting Room of EPL’s Main Library. The meeting will feature a lecture by Dr. Gary Saul Morson – the Lawrence B. Dumas Professor of the Arts and Humanities at Northwestern University who specializes in the work of Dostoevsky and teaches NU’s popular course “The Wisdom of the Brothers Karamazov.” After Dr. Morson briefs us on all things Dostoevsky, attendees will be able to register in-person for a discussion section, and starting September 13, readers can also register online or by calling (847) 448-8620.
Regular discussion meetings for MI:8 will begin mid-October at various locations including EPL’s Main Library, the Celtic Knot, Bookends & Beginnings, and EPL’s North Branch. Please visit our Discussion Groups page for the dates, times, locations, and leaders of all our small groups. Copies of The Brothers Karamazov and Crime & Punishment will be available in limited quantities at the RA Desk on the 2nd floor of the Main Library.
So please join us on September 12 for the start of Mission Impossible: Dostoevsky and our most ambitious reading adventure yet!