Pam Jenning leads a special 3 part series on Faulkner's Absalom, Absalom

{pages} is thrilled to welcome back Pam Jenning to lead a three-part series on William Faulkner and his masterpiece, Absalom, Absalom!

William Faulkner, recipient of the Nobel Prize for literature and the Pulitzer Prize.  He is known for his short stories and novels set in fictional Yoknapatawpha County based on his home town of Oxford, Mississippi. His works include, The Sound and the FuryA Light in August and As I Lay Dying.  Absalom, Absalom! is considered by many to be the greatest Southern novel of all time.

Pam Jenning has lead several similar book groups at {pages} including (Hemingway and the Nick Adam’s stories, Mark Twain, Huckleberry Finn and F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby. These are always well-attended and thoroughly enjoyed experiences for all who participate.  It’s been too long and we are very pleased to have Pam back at {pages} sharing her love of one of the great American classics. 

Maybe you’re already a fan of Faulkner and know that rereading Absalom, Absalom! is a rewarding experience OR, one of your resolutions in the new year is to tackle an elusive, challenging but immensely satisfying literary classic OR perhaps, you would just like the opportunity to gather with other book lovers and a very gifted facilitator Or looking for the perfect book for the literary curious on your holiday shopping list. Regardless of your motivation, this is a very special book club gathering!

The group will meet three times:

  • Tuesday, January 16th @ 6:30 pm – Pam will make a presentation about William Faulkner, his life, influences and literary achievements. No pre-reading needed.
  • Tuesday, February 6th @ 6:30 pm – Meet to discuss the first portion of Absalom, Absalom!
  • Tuesday, February 20th @ 6:30 pm – meet to discuss the second half of Absalom, Absalom!

Prior to her retirement relocating part-time to the desert, Pam was co-chair of the Mira Costa High School English department, she is a passionate fan and possesses a wealth of knowledge about American literature and she is an avowed William Faulkner evangelist having regularly attending the William Faulkner Festival.

We hope you can join us!

Cost: $75 includes a copy of Absalom, Absalom!, three facilitated sessions, wine & cheese.

Buy your ticket HERE

About the book:

NOBEL PRIZE WINNER • Family drama and the legacy of slavery haunt this epic tale of an enigmatic stranger in Jefferson, Mississippi—from one of the most acclaimed writers of the twentieth century. 

“Read, read, read. Read everything—trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You’ll absorb it. Then write. If it is good, you’ll find out. If it’s not, throw it out the window.” —William Faulkner
Absalom, Absalom! is Faulkner’s epic tale of Thomas Sutpen, a man who comes to the South in the early 1830s to wrest his mansion out of the muddy bottoms of the north Mississippi wilderness. He was a man, Faulkner said, “who wanted sons and the sons destroyed him.”

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