Rock Hall book club cel­e­brates 20 years

Kent County News - - SOCIAL SCENE -

— The Rock Hall Lit­er­ary So­ci­ety and Book Club is cel­e­brat­ing 20 years in ex­is­tence this month.

In recog­ni­tion of this an­niver­sary, club mem­bers are read­ing “Snow Fall­ing on Cedars” by David Guter­son, which was the RHBC’s first book se­lec­tion in Septem­ber 1997.

The club was started by Almi­tra David, a pro­fes­sor and poet from Philadel­phia who was spend­ing a sab­bat­i­cal year at her fam­ily home in Rock Hall. David was work­ing at the used book store then lo­cated on Main Street in Rock Hall and was in­spired to be­gin a book group and to share her love of the writ­ten word.

The group met at the book- store and David se­lected the books and led the dis­cus­sions dur­ing that first year, un­til she re­turned to her teach­ing po­si­tion in fall 1998.

Since that time, par­tic­i­pants have al­ter­nated se­lect­ing the books to be read and fa­cil­i­tat­ing the dis­cus­sions, which are of­ten quite lively.

Fol­low­ing the clo­sure of the book­store, Tom McHugh of­fered the newly opened Main­stay as a monthly meet­ing space for the book group, which met there for more than 15 years. With the ad­di­tion of the “Mon­days at the Main­stay” con­certs this year, the RHBC was of­fered space at the Rock Hall Learn­ing Cen­ter, near the com­mu­nity play­ground.

Since its in­cep­tion, the book club has been open to all in­ter­ested per­sons. The group, which varies in at­ten­dance from about eight to 15 peo­ple, reads a va­ri­ety of fic­tion and non-fic­tion works, in­clud­ing po­etry and an oc­ca­sional play.

The RHBC se­lec­tion for Oc­to­ber is “A Gen­tle­man in Moscow” by Amor Towles.

Dis­cus­sions are held at 7 p.m. the third Mon­day of each month in the Learn­ing Cen­ter on Civic Cen­ter Road in Rock Hall. The Sept. 21 cel­e­bra­tion will be held off site.

For ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion visit the RHBC web­site at or con­tact Dick Hawkins at 410-639-7388.

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