Slow Reading: Winter/Spring 2021

The Slow Reading book group, led by Ellen Lambert, fosters close, attentive reading and discussion of great works of literature–both short stories and novels.

This winter and spring, the group will continue to explore the richness and variety of the African-American literary tradition. Ellen has a Ph.D. from Yale in English and taught high-school English at The Dalton School for over 25 years. Feel free to contact Ellen at or 914-582-4050 with any questions.

January 11th and 25th
January selections are from Edward P. Jones's luminous first collection of stories, Lost in the City (1992). “The Girl Who Raised Pigeons,” “The First Day,” and “The Night Rhonda Ferguson Was Killed” will be discussed on January 11th. The January 25th session will feature “The Store,” “A New Man,” and “Marie.” The book is available in our print collection and through our digital resource hoopla as the eBook and digital audiobook.
February 8th and 22nd and March 8th
The February and March selection is the novel Homegoing (2016) by Yaa Gyasi. The book is available in our print collection. OverDrive and Libby have both the eBook and digital audiobook.
April 12th and 26th and May 10th
The April and May selection is the novel Sing, Unburied, Sing (2017) by Jesmyn Ward. The novel is available in print, Large Print, and CD audiobook formats. OverDrive and Libby have both the eBook and digital audiobook.
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    • Kristen, Adult Librarian

      Hi Kathy – we maintain an archive of our past sessions as we and attendees like to keep an archive of past readings. You can find current schedules on our book discussion page here, sign up for our newsletter to get up to date info, or check our calendar here.

    • John Lolis

      Hi, Kathy. I just wanted to add to Kristen’s reply that we’re looking into adding a feature that readily alerts the reader to the fact that a page contains outdated content. Although the article is dated, one shouldn’t have to actively scrutinize the page to determine that it’s out of date. We’ll come up with something.

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