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Reading the Classics With Ilan Stavans

Published on 2022-01-30 by crockerfarmpgo Uncategorized

Started in 2017, “Reading the Classics With Ilan Stavans” is a book discussion series open to readers worldwide of world classics (fiction, poetry, memoir, theater) in translation or in their original English. This discussion series is sponsored by Restless Books, the New York Public Library, and the Jones Library, and will take place via Zoom on the second Tuesday of the month (February through May) from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

All are welcome to join this series of online discussions planned for the first half of this year, where classic literature in a range of forms will be discussed.  The schedule is as follows:

February 8, 2022 – “One Art” by Elizabeth Bishop (poem)

March 8, 2022 – Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe (novel)

April 12, 2022 – “One of These Days”, by Gabriel García Márquez (story)

May 10, 2022 – Middlemarch (Restless Books, 2021) by George Elliot (novel)

Registration is being handled by the New York Public Library, and attendees must register for each discussion session separately.  To learn more about the series or to register, please visit

About the moderator: Award-winning, internationally-renowned teacher, essayist, translator, and cultural critic Ilan Stavans is the publisher of Restless Books, the Lewis-Sebring Professor of Humanities, Latin American and Latino Culture at Amherst College, and a consultant to the Oxford English Dictionary. Born in Mexico, he has translated Jorge Luis Borges, Pablo Neruda, and Juan Rulfo into English, Emily Dickinson and Elizabeth Bishop into Spanish, Isaac Bashevis Singer from Yiddish, Yehuda Amichai from Hebrew, and Don Quixote of La Mancha and Alice in Wonderland into Spanglish.

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