April 17-19, 2020

Location: Asilomar Conference Center, Monterey, CA

One of the major events of the year for the Great Books Council of San Francisco is the spring weekend at the Asilomar Conference Center in Monterey, California, titled The Barbara McConnell Weekend at Asilomar in honor of a beloved Great Books leader. During the weekend there are discussions of poetry, a work of nonfiction, a work of theatre and a work of fiction. The beauty of the area is conducive to stimulating discussions and convivial parties.

The next weekend at Asilomar will be April 17-19, 2020. During the weekend we'll discuss the following:

Niccolò Machiavelli, The Prince

Kazuo Ishiguro, Never Let Me Go

Margaret Edson, Wit

Selected poetry

For more information, and an option to register online for the weekend, please click here.

...or click here to download a printable flyer with a mail-in registration form.

During Asilomar weekends in recent years we've discussed the plays The Possessed, The Iceman Cometh, Of Mice and Men, and The Piano Lesson; works of fiction Miguel Street, The Left Hand of Darkness, Cannery Row, and Seize the Day; and nonfiction works by C.P. Snow, W.E.B. Du Bois, John Steinbeck, and Alexander Hamilton; as well as selected poetry. To see a full list of what's been discussed during our 50+ years at Asilomar, please click this past discussion list

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