Barbara McConnell

Asilomar Weekend

Spring 2023

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 return to the beautiful Monterey Peninsula next spring to immerse ourselves in a weekend of provocative readings, engaging discussions and in-person camaraderie!

The Barbara McConnell Weekend made a triumphant return to Asilomar in April 2022, departing the virtual confines of Zoom for the more personal experience of an in-person event. We also introduced some improvements, including reduced prices for seniors, students and first-time attendees.

Please check this space for Asilomar 2023 dates, readings, and registration info, which will be posted in late 2022.

During Asilomar weekends in recent years we've discussed the plays LysistrataW;tThe Possessed, The Iceman Cometh, and Of Mice and Men; works of fiction Letters From the Earth, Never Let Me Go, Miguel Street, The Left Hand of Darkness, and Cannery Row; and nonfiction works by Azar Nafisi; Machiavelli, C.P. Snow, W.E.B. Du Bois, and John Steinbeck; 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