Literature Studies

The Lit Salon studies of significant literature give you the opportunity to experience the diverse worlds of such authors as George Eliot, Virginia Woolf, William Faulkner, Thomas Mann, Ralph Ellison, Toni Morrison, Alice Munro and Salman Rushdie. Through a close consideration of language use, narrative form and rhetorical techniques, we come to a greater understanding of the power and play of the word while broadening our perspectives.

For the adventurous, our signature 20-week study of James Joyce’s Ulysses, starting each year in January, takes you on a deep dive into Joyce’s groundbreaking novel. Or, our magnum two-year-plus voyage through Marcel Proust’s In Search of Lost Time just might change your life. For a less intensive commitment, the monthly Lit Salon Book Club reads the finest late-20th and 21st century literature from around the world.

We post a wide range of our regular studies—from one to eight meetings—throughout the year. Check below for current offerings and check back frequently for new listings.

Do you have ideas for a study not listed? Contact us to suggest a study.

Upcoming Literature Studies

october 2020

05oct5:00 pm7:00 pmAbsalom, Absalom! by William FaulknerSeven-Meeting Virtual Salon5:00 pm - 7:00 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Seven weeks

05oct7:00 pm9:15 pmWomen of Greek DramaSIX-MEETING VIRTUAL STUDY7:00 pm - 9:15 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Six Weeks

09oct(oct 9)5:00 pm11(oct 11)2:00 pmHenry James in Rye: A Portrait of a Lady Weekend Retreat**Salon Full**5:00 pm - 2:00 pm (11) The Mermaid Inn Rye SussexType Of Study:Literature,TravelFrequency:One Off EventDuration:Weekend

22oct12:00 pm2:00 pmMiddlemarch by George Eliot**STUDY FULL***12:00 pm - 2:00 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Seven weeks

november 2020

05nov4:00 pm6:00 pmTheir Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston4:00 pm - 6:00 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:One day,Three weeks

january 2021

12jan12:00 pm2:00 pmUlysses by James Joyce: First-timers Afternoon and Evening options12:00 pm - 2:00 pm Kentish Town, LondonType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Six months

12jan7:45 pm9:45 pmUlysses Second Tour: Evening Sessions January 20217:45 pm - 9:45 pm Kentish Town, LondonType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Six months

april 2021

14apr(apr 14)6:00 pm18(apr 18)12:00 pmThe Years by Virginia Woolf Five-day study in St Ives *NEW DATES*Immersive Study of Woolf's family saga in her beloved Cornwall6:00 pm - 12:00 pm (18) St Ives, CornwallType Of Study:Literature,TravelFrequency:One Off EventDuration:Five days

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september 2020

14sep7:00 pmToni Morrison's A Mercy7:00 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Two weeks

14sep7:30 pmPale Fire by Vladimir NabokovTen-meeting VIRTUAL study7:30 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Three months

16sep5:00 pmSodom & Gomorrah -- Volume IV of Proust's In Search of Lost Time5:00 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Three months

22sep2:00 pmHENRY JAMES: The Europeans and Daisy Miller2:00 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Three weeks

22sep5:00 pmHamlet by William Shakespeare with Jane Wymark5:00 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Six Weeks

october 2020

05oct5:00 pmAbsalom, Absalom! by William FaulknerSeven-Meeting Virtual Salon5:00 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Seven weeks

05oct7:00 pmWomen of Greek DramaSIX-MEETING VIRTUAL STUDY7:00 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Six Weeks

09oct(oct 9)5:00 pmHenry James in Rye: A Portrait of a Lady Weekend Retreat**Salon Full**5:00 pm The Mermaid Inn Rye SussexType Of Study:Literature,TravelFrequency:One Off EventDuration:Weekend

22oct12:00 pmMiddlemarch by George Eliot**STUDY FULL***12:00 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Seven weeks

november 2020

05nov4:00 pmTheir Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston4:00 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:One day,Three weeks

january 2021

12jan12:00 pmUlysses by James Joyce: First-timers Afternoon and Evening options12:00 pm Kentish Town, LondonType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Six months

12jan7:45 pmUlysses Second Tour: Evening Sessions January 20217:45 pm Kentish Town, LondonType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Six months

april 2021

14apr(apr 14)6:00 pmThe Years by Virginia Woolf Five-day study in St Ives *NEW DATES*Immersive Study of Woolf's family saga in her beloved Cornwall6:00 pm St Ives, CornwallType Of Study:Literature,TravelFrequency:One Off EventDuration:Five days

may 2021

02may(may 2)12:00 pmHomer's Odyssey in Greece: One-week immersionNew Dates12:00 pm Island of Agistri, GreeceType Of Study:TravelFrequency:One Off EventDuration:Eight Days

29may11:00 amReading the Body: Salon and Yoga retreat in Umbria DATE CHANGE11:00 am Umbria, ItalyType Of Study:TravelFrequency:One Off EventDuration:One Week

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