Barbara McConnell

Asilomar Weekend

April 22-24, 2022

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.


We will be returning to the beautiful Monterey Peninsula this Spring to immerse ourselves in a weekend of provocative readings, engaging discussions and in-person camaraderie!

Mark you calendars for the weekend of April 22-24, 2022. We are introducing some new features to our Barbara McConnell Weekend as well as reviving some from years past. We're dramatically rolling back prices by providing senior discounts and special pricing for students and 1st-time attendees.


We will also be going back to the previous schedule where the 2nd Saturday discussion of the fictional work will be after dinner. This will allow us to have a meet-and-greet catered social before dinner and leave time for those post-discussion living room meet-ups. In addition you’ll now have time to explore Carmel and Monterey on Saturday after lunch.


For those who are our hard-working local group coordinators, be on the lookout for your special invite and event planned for Saturday afternoon.


Registration is now open! Please click this link for a flyer with all the details: 2022 event flyer

To register for the 2022 Asilomar Weekend, please click here: registration page

During Asilomar weekends in recent years we've discussed the plays  W;tThe Possessed, The Iceman Cometh, Of Mice and Men, and The Piano Lesson; works of fiction Never Let Me Go, Miguel Street, The Left Hand of Darkness, Cannery Row, and Seize the Day; and nonfiction works by Machiavelli, 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