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 2019

29oct(oct 29)7:00 pm26nov(nov 26)9:00 pmThe Four Quartets by T. S. Eliot7:00 pm - (november 26) 9:00 pm Kentish Town, LondonType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Four weeks

november 2019

29oct(oct 29)7:00 pm26nov(nov 26)9:00 pmThe Four Quartets by T. S. Eliot(october 29) 7:00 pm - (november 26) 9:00 pm Kentish Town, LondonType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Four weeks

03nov6:30 pm8:30 pmThe Lit Salon Book Club - Americanah6:30 pm - 8:30 pm West Norwood, LondonType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:MonthlyDuration:Ongoing

january 2020

06jan5:30 pm7:30 pmDubliners: The Sisters and The DeadDubliners: Between Paralysis and Epiphany in 'The Sisters' and 'The Dead'5:30 pm - 7:30 pm Kentish Town, LondonType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Two weeks

14jan12:00 pm2:00 pmUlysses by James Joyce: Daytime Sessions12:00 pm - 2:00 pm Kentish Town, LondonType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Six months

14jan7:30 pm9:30 pmUlysses Second Tour: Evening Sessions7:30 pm - 9:30 pm Kentish Town, LondonType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Six months

may 2020

15may(may 15)5:00 pm17(may 17)2:00 pmHenry James in Rye: A Portrait of a Lady Weekend Retreat5:00 pm - 2:00 pm (17) The Mermaid Inn Rye SussexType Of Study:Literature,TravelFrequency:One Off EventDuration:Weekend

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What’s coming up?

october 2019

15oct6:00 pmGreat Ideas, Great Books - October: Plato's Republic6:00 pm London Bridge, LondonType Of Study:PhilosophyFrequency:MonthlyDuration:Ongoing

18oct(oct 18)5:30 pmVirginia Woolf in St Ives: Between the Acts5:30 pm St Ives, CornwallType Of Study:TravelFrequency:One Off EventDuration:Weekend

21oct12:00 pmPnin by Vladimir Nabokov * Date Change*12:00 pm Kentish Town, LondonType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Three weeks

29oct6:00 pmSpontaneous Philosophy - October Meeting6:00 pm Marylebone, LondonType Of Study:PhilosophyFrequency:MonthlyDuration:Ongoing

29oct(oct 29)7:00 pmThe Four Quartets by T. S. Eliot7:00 pm Kentish Town, LondonType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Four weeks

november 2019

29oct(oct 29)7:00 pmThe Four Quartets by T. S. Eliot(october 29) 7:00 pm Kentish Town, LondonType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Four weeks

03nov6:30 pmThe Lit Salon Book Club - Americanah6:30 pm West Norwood, LondonType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:MonthlyDuration:Ongoing

15nov(nov 15)5:30 pmA Heart So White - Weekend study of Javier Marías in Valencia5:30 pm Valencia, SpainType Of Study:TravelFrequency:One Off EventDuration:Weekend

19nov6:00 pmGreat Ideas, Great Books - November: Plato's Republic6:00 pm London Bridge, LondonType Of Study:PhilosophyFrequency:MonthlyDuration:Ongoing

january 2020

06jan5:30 pmDubliners: The Sisters and The DeadDubliners: Between Paralysis and Epiphany in 'The Sisters' and 'The Dead'5:30 pm Kentish Town, LondonType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Two weeks

14jan12:00 pmUlysses by James Joyce: Daytime Sessions12:00 pm Kentish Town, LondonType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Six months

14jan7:30 pmUlysses Second Tour: Evening Sessions7:30 pm Kentish Town, LondonType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Six months

may 2020

03may11:00 amHomer's Odyssey in Greece: One-week immersion11:00 am Island of Agistri, GreeceType Of Study:TravelFrequency:One Off EventDuration:Eight Days

15may(may 15)5:00 pmHenry James in Rye: A Portrait of a Lady Weekend Retreat5:00 pm The Mermaid Inn Rye SussexType Of Study:Literature,TravelFrequency:One Off EventDuration:Weekend

31may11:00 amReading the Body: Salon and Yoga retreat in Umbria11:00 am Umbria, ItalyType Of Study:TravelFrequency:One Off EventDuration:One Week

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