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Discover the rich literary history of Chicago through in-depth classes on iconic authors such as Saul Bellow and Gwendolyn Brooks, as well as exploring the city's vibrant contemporary literary scene.

Unfortunately, no classes in-person in Chicago have spots left, but 2 classes live online are available.

U for You: Joyce's Ulysses for New Readers (and Re-Readers)

Irish Arts Center @ Virtual Classroom

Dive into Joyce's Ulysses with renowned scholar Jonathan Goldman, unraveling its complexities and discovering its humor and humanity. Whether you're a seasoned reader or new to Joyce's work, this immersive experience promises to enhance your understanding and appreciation of this literary masterpiece.

(51) All levels 18 and older
$456

9 sessions

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English Literature Workshop Private (Ages 8-11)

Young Gates @ Interactive Live Online

Join our immersive workshop exploring the enchanting world of a beloved literary classic. Unravel the nuances of language while journeying through Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Engage in interactive sessions dissecting characters, themes, and linguistic elements, culminating in a comprehensive summary of the first eleven chapters.

Beginner 8 - 11 years old
$249

5 sessions

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Laura Ingalls Wilder and the Little House Books

The Newberry @ 60 W Walton St, Chicago, IL

Uncover the hidden depths of Laura Ingalls Wilder's beloved Little House series in this literary class that delves into the series' settings, authorship, adaptations, translations, and lasting impact on American history and girlhood. Taught by a dedicated Wilder scholar, this course will explore not only Wilder's eight-book series but also the works of her daughter, Rose Wilder Lane. Don't miss this opportunity to engage with the societal, ideological, and historical themes embedded within these iconic books.

(4) All levels 18 and older
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$247

6 sessions

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Nationalism: Myth and Reality

The Newberry @ 60 W Walton St, Chicago, IL

What are the historical roots of nationalism? How does it impact nations across the globe today? What is the future for this political ideology? Nationalism is at the root of most of the violence in the world today, both internationally and domestically. Dictators and would-be dictators appeal to nationalism to solidify their support. Their ideology poses a threat to democracy, whether in the U.S., Hungary, or non-Western states. In this class,...

(4) All levels 18 and older
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$184.50

3 sessions

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Meet the Author: Tom Shachtman

The Newberry @ 60 W Walton St, Chicago, IL

This is a one time FREE course. Meet the Author: Tom Shachtman, How the French Saved America Americans today have a love/hate relationship with France, but in this illuminating new history, Tom Shachtman shows that without France, there might not be a United States of America. How the French Saved America: Soldiers, Sailors, Diplomats, Louis XVI, and the Success of a Revolution is about French aid to Americans during the American...

(4) All levels 18 and older
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Free
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The 33rd Annual Newberry Book Fair

The Newberry @ 60 W Walton St, Chicago, IL

Don’t miss our annual Newberry Book Fair, one of the largest used book sales in the country. Browse through more than 120,000 used books, movies, records and more in 70 categories, many of which are priced at $3 or less. Admission is FREE! Everything for sale at the Book Fair is generously donated, and all proceeds help further the Newberry’s mission to build and care for an extraordinary collection and share it—free of charge—with...

(4) All levels 18 and older
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Free

4 sessions

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Re-Imagining Shakespearean Works in Opera

The Newberry @ 60 W Walton St, Chicago, IL

Join experts from Chicago Opera Theater (COT), as well as musicologist Linda Austern, in a discussion, and sneak peek performance, of their 2016 production of The Fairy Queen, by Henry Purcell.  This adaptation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dreampremiered in 1692, creating an opera based on the masques from the original play. COT, in partnership with Culture Clash, has taken the adaptation one step further...

(4) All levels 18 and older
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A Cricket on the Hearth

The Newberry

The Cricket on the Hearth: A Fairy Tale of Home was written by Charles Dickens in 1845. It is the third of Dickens’ five short Christmas books (the best-known of which is A Christmas Carol). Featuring a cast of eight professional actors, Jeff Christian’s adaptation brings this heart-warming and touching tale of love, loss, empathy, and reunion to life. Join us for a cup of hot chocolate and a cookie to celebrate the holiday season....

(4) All levels 18 and older
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Meet the Author:Catherine A. Stewart, Long Past Slavery

The Newberry @ 60 W Walton St, Chicago, IL

Meet the Author: Catherine A. Stewart, Long Past Slavery: Representing Race in the Federal Writers' Project From 1936 to 1939, the New Deal’s Federal Writers’ Project collected life stories from more than 2,300 former African American slaves. These narratives are now widely used as a source to understand the lived experience of those who made the transition from slavery to freedom. But in this examination of the project and its legacy, Catherine...

(4) All levels 18 and older
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Chasing Wilder in Chicago

The Newberry @ 60 W Walton St, Chicago, IL

This is a one time FREE course. Celebrate the fiftieth anniversary and new edition of Wilder’s National Book Award-winning novel with a reception, actors, commentators, and cake! Participants: Tappan Wilder, Thornton Wilder’s nephew and literary executor, is Honorary Chairman of the Thornton Wilder Society. Jeremy McCarter, author of Young Radicals: In the War for American Ideals and co-author with Lin-Manuel Miranda of Hamilton:...

(4) All levels 18 and older
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