My absolute favourite blog series feature is from our very own DaniBP and her wonderful Mop Philosophy Book Club. I sent Dani an email lobbying for Middlemarch to be her next selection and then knowing how busy she is with her renovation project and move I told her I would be more than happy to help in any way should she be too overwhelmed with everything else going on. As it turns out she has accepted my offer so your GSL will be assisting Dani for the next Mop Philosophy Book Club to be held on Saturday, November 22nd. Dani read Middlemarch when she was 15 and I am hoping circumstances allow her to reread this classic so we can hear her perspective nearly 3 decades later. Dani always writes a superb preview announcing the selection and her Book Club introduction is always insightful and beautifully written. I only wish I had read Dani's brilliant introduction for To Kill a Mockingbird prior to reading the book as I found the young narrator tough going likely due to starting TKAM the day after reading a book with a much older British narrator.
|'George Eliot' pen name of Mary Anne Evans|
Aged 30 by the Swiss artist Alexandre Louis François d'Albert Durade (1804–86)
I am hoping Dani gets a large turnout for her book club as we at The Den feel duty bound to see that it becomes a huge success since that is what we are all about. The Den is a champion of women of merit. The Den is a champion of literary excellence. The Den is about promoting more active engagement with The Arts as it leads to a more fulfilling life. My children's book series is specifically designed to be a shared experience between caregiver and child. It is a little overwritten for it's target audience to help build vocabulary and promote discussion with a little moral instruction. I want these children to grow up loving the art of language, storytelling, and have deeper literary connections to those they share these early reading experiences with. My goal is a parent and child who begin with reading one of my stories together will one day read a book like Middlemarch together. I think of all the mediums of artistic expression, a novel is the form you become the most deeply involved with. I will never forget meeting my best friend's mother for the first time. My friend assured me that his mother and I would connect right away as she was the lone serious reader in a family of doctors, engineers, and lawyers. We were at brunch and it just so happened that we had both recently finished The Professor and The Madman which is actually a superb work of creative non-fiction that steals your heart. When I saw her face light up, I knew we were dear friends for life. When I was in Iraq, she had her granddaughters load an ipod with Christmas music and sent it to me just after Thanksgiving. Great literature makes our lives more meaningful.