Long Novel Weekend

October 2020

Online! Three Saturday 2-hour discussions:

Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie

In an ordinary summer, the San Francisco Council devotes a weekend to discussing a single long work of fiction.

In this extraordinary year, due to ongoing social and medical crises, we've moved the discussion online (on Zoom), and we've spread them out to take place on three successive Saturdays in October.

A Novel Development

The 2020 Long Novel will be Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie. V.S. Pritchett's verdict (in the New Yorker) was that, with Midnight's Children, "India has produced a great novelist... a master of perpetual storytelling."

Discussions will be on Zoom from 2:30-4:30 on three successive Saturdays: October 3, 10, and 17. Zoom is the newest way to communicate with others, and has become a great tool for modern book discussions. Join us in this new venture for an invigorating discussion, all from the comfort of your home.

For further information and to register, please visit our


Long Novel 2020 page

Long novel weekends in the recent past have featured discussions of The Brothers Karamazov, East of Eden; The Corrections; The Golden BowlMiddlemarchThe Man Without Qualities, Vol. 1; Moby Dick; David Copperfield; Look Homeward, Angel; The Magic Mountain; Vanity Fair; The Cairo Trilogy; The Sound and the Fury; Sons and Lovers; Anna Karenina; Parade's End; and Crime and Punishment.

Questions? Please send email to greatbooks.longnovel@gmail.com.

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