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F407 Summer 2020 Language, Literature & Theater Potpourri: Mysteries, Memoir, Bogart, Bergman & More

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F407 Summer 2020 Language, Literature, and Theater Potpourri: Mysteries, Memoir, Bogart, Bergman, and More
Thursdays, 11:50–1:15, June 25–July 30
Coordinators: Jackie Gropman, Pat Bangs
  • June 25: Agatha Christie’s 1950 novel A Murder Is Announced. This discussion will examine aspects of one of Christie’s most significant novels, praised for its “convincing picture of an England stumbling out of post-war austerity” and specifically for its wide cast of women in various roles and responsibilities. Reading the novel before class is highly recommended. Art Taylor is an associate professor of English at George Mason University and the author of The Boy Detective & the Summer of ’74 and Other Tales of Suspense and On the Road with del & Louise: A Novel in Stories. He won the 2019 Edgar Award for Best Short Story, among other honors.
  • July 2: Courting Mr. Lincoln. A discussion of Louis Bayard's recent historical novel, "Courting Mr. Lincoln," about the early lives of Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd. Louis Bayard is a novelist and book reviewer based in Washington, DC.
  • July 9: Around the World in 80 Mysteries. Mystery lovers can find great mysteries set in the United States or United Kingdom, but finding classic and new mysteries set in other parts of the world can also be exciting and fun. Join us for ideas and come ready to share mysteries you love. Deb Smith-Cohen is a Fairfax County Public Library staff librarian with more than 15 years’ experience in readers’ advisory, with widely varied reading interests, and a history at OLLI presenting classes on Jewish women authors.
  • July 16: George Orwell’s Homage to Catalonia. The Spanish Civil War was the inspiration for some of the 20th century’s greatest works. This session will continue the series (begun in summer 2018 at OLLI) by exploring George Orwell’s haunting memoir, Homage to Catalonia. It will look at the historical context and Orwell’s personal experiences before discussing the work itself. Finally, it will explore why the novel was not a bestseller when first published but has since become a classic for generations of readers and is still relevant today. Nick Reynolds is an independent scholar with a PhD in history and a long-time interest in the Spanish Civil War. He is author of the bestselling partial biography Writer, Sailor, Soldier, Spy: The Secret Adventures of Ernest Hemingway, 1935-1961.
  • July 23: Horror Fiction, Part 2. Take a deeper dive into the works of premier horror authors past and present, from Bram Stoker and Shirley Jackson to Stephen King and Anne Rice, and discover some new, read-alike authors who can spin scary stories to rival the greats. Ted Kavich is administrative services director for the Fairfax County Public Library. He has been a public librarian for 30 years with specialties in programming/event planning, readers’ advisory, and youth services. His last appearance for OLLI’s horror fans was in the winter 2019 OLLI term.

Class Details

5 Sessions
Weekly - Thu

Virtual Classroom

MultipleInstructor :
1.Louis Bayard2.Pat Bangs3.Ted Kavich4.Nicholas Reynolds
5.Deborah Smith-Cohen6.Jackie Gropman7.Art Taylor 



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Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
6/25/2020 - 7/23/2020 Weekly - Thu 11:50 AM - 1:15 PM Online, Virtual Classroom  Map Art Taylor  ; Jackie Gropman  ; Deborah Smith-Cohen  ; Nicholas Reynolds  ; Ted Kavich  ; Pat Bangs  ; Louis Bayard 

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