Read "March" by Geraldine Brooks in March.
Read the book. Join a book discussion. Attend a Program.
This year's selection is the Pulitzer Prize Winner "March" by Geraldine Brooks.
"As the North reels under a series of unexpected defeats during the dark first year of the Civil War, one man leaves behind his family to aid the Union cause. His experiences will utterly change his marriage and challenge his most ardently held beliefs. From Louisa May Alcott's beloved classic, Little Women Geraldine Brooks has taken the character of the absent father, Mr. March, who has gone off to war, leaving his wife and daughters to make do in mean times. From vibrant New England to the sensuous antebellum South, "March" adds adult resonance to Alcott's optimistic children's novel. A lushly written, wholly original tale steeped in the details of another time".
March 7th @ 7:00 PM Screening: The Woman Behind Little Women: Cancelled due to weather!
Filmed on location at many places actually frequented by the real persons portrayed and featuring a script written from primary sources, this documentary tells the life story of American author Louisa May Alcott, chronicling her efforts to rescue her family from poverty and find wealth, fame, and happiness for herself. Includes animations and commentary from Alcott scholars, novelist Geraldine Brooks, and the "literary sleuths" who uncovered Alcott's lost thrillers.
March 13th @ 7:00 Gary Hylander Presents "March: History or Historical Fiction?"
Join Professor Gary Hylander as he discusses the Civil War and probes into the literary license taken by novelist Geraldine Brooks in order to create the haunting pictures of the war ravaged South, Brooks affecting, beautifully written novel drives home the intimate horrors and ironies of the Civil War and the difficulty of living honestly with the knowledge of human suffering. Could this have been achieved by writing a non-fiction book or does it take a work of historical fiction to attain the intimate horrors and ironies of the Civil War and the difficulty of living honestly with the knowledge of human suffering?
March 18th @ 7:00 Book Discussion March
March 19th @ 2:30 Book Discussion March
Join guest leader Chris Cormier-Hayes who will facilitate the discussion of March by Geraldine Brooks. Chris is a professor at Simmons College where she teaches English and writing classes. A Mansfield resident, she has been leading book groups since 1995, which number over 800 discussions!
March 25th @ 7:00 Meet the Transcendentalists of Concord: Emerson, Thoreau & Alcott.
Guest scholar Kristi Lynn Martin will discuss the 19th century transcendental movement in Concord featuring the well known Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, and Bronson Alcott (the fictitious Mr. March). Kristi is a doctoral candidate in American and New England Studies at Boston University, where she also earned her Museum Studies Certificate. Kristi’s areas of study are 19th Century American culture, Transcendentalism, and Concord’s authors.