Classic Book Lecture Series

The Friends of the Grosse Pointe Public Library Classics Books Lecture Series

All lectures are free and will take place at the Ewald Branch of the Grosse Pointe Public Library at 7 pm. Seating is limited to the first 70 so those interested in attending should register on the Friends website or by calling 343-2074 ext. 204 by leaving your name, phone number, number in your group and mailing address.

Thursday, February 8, the Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison  

First published in 1952 and immediately hailed as a masterpiece, Invisible Man is one of those rare novels that have changed the shape of American Literature.  For not only does Ralph Ellison’s nightmare journey across the racial divide tell about bigotry and its effects on the minds of both victims and perpetrators, it is an entirely new model of what a novel can be.

Lecturer: Rose Gorman is the Resident Fellow for The Tuxedo Project and an Assistant Professor of English at Marygrove College in Detroit, Michigan. Gorman is former Program Director for NY Writers Coalition, a community-based writing and social justice organization in Brooklyn, and her writing has appeared in The Bridge, Paste Magazine, and elsewhere. In 2012 she was recognized as one of 30 Women Making a Difference by the National Council for Research on Women for her outreach work with the oral history organization Story Corps. Over the past 10 years, Rose has facilitated numerous writing groups for youth and adults, including formerly homeless veterans, recent immigrants, incarcerated men at Rikers Island Correctional Facility, LGBTQ+ homeless youth and elders, and young girls of color.  Please Click Here to register on-line. 

Thursday, February 22 “The Poetics of Democracy in Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass

Lecturer: Dr. Alison Powell is Assistant Professor of Poetry at Oakland University where she teaches Poetry, Creative Writing, and British Literature, among other topics. Her poetry has recently appeared in Michigan Quarterly Review, Prairie Schooner, American Literary Review, Boston Review and elsewhere, and has been featured on PBSNewsHour’s Poetry podcast. Her first book of poetry, On the Desire to Levitate, was published by Ohio University Press in 2014. An essay on Wordsworth’s 1805 Prelude is forthcoming in an edited collection, Children’s Play in Literature: Investigating the Strengths and Subversions of the Playing Child (Routledge).  Please Click Here to register on-line.

Thursday, March 29, Ernest Hemingway’s Nick Adams Stories

Lecturer:  Christopher Struble, President of the Michigan Hemingway Society, speaking about Hemingway’s Nick Adams stories.  Please Click Here to register on-line

Thursday, April 19, “What’s Great about Gatsby” a lecture about F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby

Lecturer: Professor Vanessa Stauffer.  Professor Stauffer earned an MFA in Poetry and a PhD in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Houston, where she held Cambor, Michener, and Krakow Poetry Seminar fellowships. She is the author of Cosmology, a chapbook of poetry, and her work has recently appeared in The Adroit JournalAmerican Literary Review, and Cincinnati Review. She is Special Lecturer in English at Oakland University, where she teaches introductory creative writing, poetry, and modern and American literature.  Please Click Here to register on-line