April 17-19, 2020 - CANCELED

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.

Owing to California's "shelter in place" policy during the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Asilomar weekend has been canceled.

The 2020 Great Books weekend at Asilomar has been canceled due to the Coronavirus pandemic. 

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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