Reading Circle Spring 2020

Thursday, May 21, 2020 - Thursday, June 11, 2020
7:30 pm - 8:45 pm
Event Details & Registration

In spring 2020, many of us have returned, or perhaps turned for the first time, to Henry David Thoreau’s Walden. What better time to discuss Thoreau’s classic, which ruminates on the beauty of nature and a life of simplicity?

We will discuss Walden in two parts and focus on selected chapters. Of course, we encourage you to read the work in its entirety, but hope honing in on selected chapters will help focus our discussions. Discussion questions will be sent to participants a week prior to the Reading Circle. The questions are meant to spark our thinking and discussion, but we encourage participants to bring their own questions as well. Curator of Collections and Thoreau scholar Jeffrey S. Cramer will join us to provide biographical and historical context to the conversation.

Even though we cannot gather in-person, we look forward to what’s sure to be an insightful and lively conversation

Part one will be held on Thursday, May 21, 7:30-8:45 PM EST via zoom

*Focus chapters: “Where I lived and What I lived for”; “Solitude”;”Visitors”

Part two will be held on Thursday, June 11, 7:30-8:45 PM EST via zoom

*Focus chapters: “Higher Laws”; “Brute Neighbors”; “Spring”

For those who do not have a copy of Walden, the text is available on our website:




Authors Reading Aloud, George Tyler Moore Center for the Study of the Civil War, and The Walden Woods Project will host the next Author Reading:

Jeffrey S. Cramer’s Solid Seasons: The Friendship of Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson.

June 4, 2020, 7:00-8:00pm EST.

All livestream events appear on the Authors Reading Aloud Facebook page at the designated time. Please visit the Facebook page to participate:

You can also RSVP to the virtual reading here.

In this livestream event, Jeffrey. S Cramer, Curator of Collections at the Walden Woods Project’s Thoreau Institute Library, will read from his newest book Solid Seasons.

About Solid Seasons:

Any biography that concentrates on either Henry David Thoreau or Ralph Waldo Emerson tends to diminish the other figure, but in Solid Seasons both men remain central and equal. Through several decades of writing, friendship remained a primary theme for them both. Collecting extracts from the letters and journals of both men, as well as words written about them by their contemporaries, Solid Seasons beautifully illustrates the full nature of their twenty-five-year dialogue.

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