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PBK Boston Book Club

Join members of the Boston Association of PBK for a book discussion via Zoom, scheduled for the evening of Tuesday, January 16th, 2024, at 7:30 pm. (Please note we are meeting on Tuesday!)

Guests of participants are welcome and please come even if you haven’t finished (or even started!) the book.

The discussion will be on this book:

White Teeth: A Novel by Zadie Smith

NATIONAL BESTSELLER • The blockbuster debut novel from "a preternaturally gifted" writer (The New York Times) and author of On Beauty and Swing Time—set against London's racial and cultural tapestry, reveling in the ecstatic hodgepodge of modern life, flirting with disaster, and embracing the comedy of daily existence.

Zadie Smith’s dazzling debut caught critics grasping for comparisons and deciding on everyone from Charles Dickens to Salman Rushdie to John Irving and Martin Amis. But the truth is that Zadie Smith’s voice is remarkably, fluently, and altogether wonderfully her own.

At the center of this invigorating novel are two unlikely friends, Archie Jones and Samad Iqbal. Hapless veterans of World War II, Archie and Samad and their families become agents of England’s irrevocable transformation. A second marriage to Clara Bowden, a beautiful, albeit tooth-challenged, Jamaican half his age, quite literally gives Archie a second lease on life, and produces Irie, a knowing child whose personality doesn’t quite match her name (Jamaican for “no problem”). Samad’s late-in-life arranged marriage (he had to wait for his bride to be born), produces twin sons whose separate paths confound Iqbal’s every effort to direct them, and a renewed, if selective, submission to his Islamic faith.  (464 pp.)

We look forward to a lively and wide-ranging discussion with this interesting novel as a starting place.

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Thomas Laage is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

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Phi Beta Kappa Annual Key Connections:
"Socrates: Pre-Texting"

The Boston Public Library in Copley Square

700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

in The Commonwealth Salon

October 23, 2022, 2:00-4:00 PM

The Phi Beta Kappa Association of Boston invites you to learn about or reacquaint yourselves with the Socratic Method of Discussion as seen in Plato's works, then as adopted by Ward Farnsworth in his book "The Socratic Method: A Practitioner's Handbook." There will be a lecture followed by ample time for small groups to practice the Socratic Method of Discussion, led by members of PBK Boston. Short readings from Plato, Farnsworth, and other authors will be sent to registered guests before the event. The event will end with time for guests to socialize over drinks and light fare. Members and friends of PBK and the public are welcome to attend.
This event is hosted in conjunction with The Phi Beta Kappa Society's annual Key Connections program. Key Connections offers a great opportunity for PBK members to familiarize themselves with their local association and to network with other PBK members. Registration ends October 20 and is limited to 50 participants.
Those registered will be given access to the readings as of October 15th. You may register at the following link:
Contact: Margarita Fenn at margarita at pbkboston dot org

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