Start: 6:30 pm
Each month, the Elliott Bay Fiction Book Club reads and discusses the best in contemporary fiction with the occasional classic thrown in for good measure. There has been a change in the book selection for this month due to the unavailability of the previously announced selection Faithful Ruslan. Instead we will be reading W. Somerset Maugham's The Razor's Edge, a terrific book and a true classic. W. Somerset Maugham's greatest and most enduringly popular novel tells the story of Larry Darrell, an attractive and enigmatic American who forsakes the comforts of bourgeois society to live a life dedicated to the pursuit of truth and meaning. Larry's former fiancée is the beautiful and vivacious Isabel Maturin, who is struggling to maintain a family nearly destroyed by the Depression. He is also attracted to the lost, wanton Sophie Macdonald whose life he attempts to save from its downward spiral. In the midst of the drama stands Elliott Templeton, the irresistibly lovable arch-snob with a heart of goldperhaps Maugham's greatest fictional creation. Spanning three continents and nearly half a century, The Razor's Edge marks the culmination of Maugham's storytelling craft. It is a deeply affecting, enormously readable classic that continues to draw readers of every generation.
Start: 7:00 pm
One of the best, if not the best at writing and talking about the places where sports, politics, and culture meet is Dave Zirin. A columnist for The Nation, SLAM, and SI.com, he is the author of A People's History of Sports, Bad Sports, What's My Name, Fool?, and co-author of The John Carlos Story, and is here tonight with his newest, Game Over: How Politics Has Turned the Sports World Upside Down (The New Press). "Most consciences are not as loud, as funny, as entertaining, or as right as often as Dave Zirin, the unquiet conscience of all our games. If you're an owner, fear him. If you're a fan, damn it, listen to [or read] him." - Charles P. Pierce.