2021 Skirball Book Groups


Skirball Book Groups: Art, Society, and the Individual

Online Class

Winter–Spring 2021

About the Program

Open yourself up to new cultures and ideas through fiction and nonfiction! Under the direction of a professional book group facilitator, discuss the characters, themes, and motifs of five critically acclaimed books with a thoughtful cohort of fellow readers.

FEBRUARY: The Last Great Road Bum by Héctor Tobar—A fascinating work of historical fiction about the late Joe Sanderson of Urbana, Illinois, who died fighting alongside guerrillas in the Salvadoran revolution.

MARCH: The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich—The story of the author’s grandfather, a night watchman who carried the fight against Native dispossession from rural North Dakota all the way to Washington, DC.

APRIL: Fierce Attachments by Vivian Gornick—A thrilling 1987 memoir that details the author’s lifelong battle with her mother for independence.

MAY: Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell—The story behind Shakespeare’s most enigmatic play. A portrait of a marriage and a parent’s worst nightmare: the loss of a beloved child.

JUNE: Virgil Wander by Leif Enger—A journey into the heart and heartache of a hard-luck town in the Upper Midwest.

GROUP 1: Tuesdays, 10:00 am–12:00 pm (PT)

February 9, March 9, April 6, May 11, June 8

GROUP 2: Tuesdays, 1:00–3:00 pm (PT)

February 9, March 9, April 6, May 11, June 8

GROUP 3: Wednesdays, 10:00 am–12:00 pm (PT)

February 10, March 10, April 7, May 12, June 9

GROUP 4: Wednesdays, 1:00–3:00 pm (PT)

February 10, March 10, April 7, May 12, June 9

GROUP 5: Thursdays, 1:00–3:00 pm (PT)

February 11, March 11, April 8, May 13, June 10

Facilitator: Janet Bain Fattal holds an MA in comparative literature from UCLA. She has taught world literature and composition at many levels. A screenwriter, novelist, and book group facilitator, Fattal loves to share her passion for stories and ideas with others, particularly in an informal environment.

“The teacher was so much more than I expected. Our discussions were well-led, lively, and informative.”—former Skirball student