Triangle Reads What local book clubs are up to

Triangle Reads: What local book clubs are up to

tleonard@newsobserver.comApril 13, 2014 

  • Nonfiction

    An Experiment in Criticism

    C.S. Lewis

    Cambridge University Press, 142 pages

The C.S. Lewis Book Club is an interdenominational group with about a dozen men and women members, according to Allyson Wieland, the group’s facilitator since 2000.

When and where do you meet? We meet at 7 p.m. on the first and third Mondays of the month at Christ United Methodist Church in Chapel Hill.

Tell us about your club. After hearing a presentation on the life and works of C.S. Lewis as part of a summer Sunday school curriculum, a handful of eager readers decided to form a C.S. Lewis book club. We vote on suggested titles in late spring for the upcoming academic year. We have a list of questions to think about as we read and use those questions as a springboard to get the discussion going.

What are you reading now? “An Experiment in Criticism”

What is your club’s favorite book? “Mere Christianity”

What’s unique about your club? Early on, we were able to find study guides for some of Lewis’ better-known books. However, when we got to his other works, we were on our own. We have posted our discussion questions and study guides on our website, cslbookclub.com. Book clubs around the country and outside the U.S. have used them. A man from Brazil asked to translate the “Mere Christianity” study guide into Portuguese for his group. A philosophy professor near Chicago wrote to say that he used our study guide for “The Great Divorce” in his Introduction to Religion class. A number of church small groups and home school English classes have used the guides.

How to join: If you’re interested in joining the C.S. Lewis Book Club, contact Allyson Wieland at allysonwieland@cgsonline.org.

Read more about this book club and comment on its current book, or tell us about your book club at newsobserver.com/trianglereads/.

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