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Join UNC-Chapel Hill faculty and guest discussion leaders for robust explorations of diverse, classic texts.

We will gather in intimate reading groups at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill on successive Tuesdays or Wednesdays from 10 am to 12 pm. We will also offer a limited number of virtual seats for those who prefer to participate from home. Every participant will receive a copy of the book before the first discussion. Space is limited, so sign up early to reserve your spot!

Fall 2023 Book Groups


The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer

Tuesdays, September 5, 12, and 19

featuring Harry Cushman, Assistant Professor of English and Comparative Literature


“Mourning and Melancholia” by Sigmund Freud

Wednesday, September 27

featuring Gabriel Trop, Associate Professor of German; Adjunct Associate Professor of Comparative Literature


The Screenplay as Literature: The Shawshank Redemption by Frank Darabont, Adapted from the Novella by Stephen King

Tuesdays, October 3 and 10

featuring Marc Cohen, Teaching Assistant Professor of English and Comparative Literature


Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Tuesdays, October 24 and 31

featuring Lauren Jarvis, Assistant Professor of History


Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard

Wednesdays, November 8 and 15

featuring Joanna S. Smith, Lecturer History and Assistant Director of Statewide Outreach, Carolina Public Humanities

SOLD OUT IN PERSON (a very limited number of virtual tickets remain)


The Adolescent by Fyodor Dostoevsky

Tuesdays, November 28, December 5, and December 12

featuring Jennifer Flaherty, Lecturer in Slavic and Eurasian Studies at Duke University


Due to the nature of the reading groups, refunds are not available. 


Books provided by Flyleaf Books