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Alumni Book Club

Loyola University New Orleans Alumni Chapter Book Club

The New Orleans Alumni Chapter is hosting the "Favorite Reads from Your Favorite Faculty" book club starting in October 2023. For each session, we have invited a different faculty member from across campus to sit down with us via Zoom to talk about what book they are absolutely loving at the moment. This year, Kevin Foose from the Counseling Department, Dr. Tracey Watts from the English Department, and Dr. Lauren Doughty from the History Department have agreed to talk all about the books that have kept them turning pages!

The topic for each of our book club discussions will vary. Some literature may be sensitive to the reader. Reader discretion is advised. Please register at least 24 hours in advance of each Zoom session.

Meetings will take place on Zoom on the following dates: October 23, 2023January 22, 2024April 22, 2024

Join Kevin Foose for our first book club meeting to discuss David Sedaris' Calypso on October 23, 2023, at 7 p.m. "I chose [David] Sedaris because his work is wickedly funny and filled with insight and honesty. Calypso lays bare the paradox of loving and living in the midst of the legacy of family. These collected essays are deeply personal while being filled with acerbic wit and wisdom as they examine universal themes to being human." We will be discussing the following essays from the compilation: Company Man, The Perfect Fit, Leviathan, A Modest Proposal, and Why Aren't You Laughing? Register here!

Chat with Dr. Tracey Watts about Walk Through Walls, a memoir by Marina Abramovic, on January 22, 2024, at 7 p.m. "I picked up Marina Abramovic's Walk Through Walls after a colleague piqued my interest with a story about a performance artist who ended her marriage to a fellow artist by completing a months-long walk, in which each of them started on one end of the Great Wall of China and walked toward a meeting point midway. I couldn't imagine a relationship in which two parties were willing to share such an unusual and difficult goal, and it was even more difficult to imagine this event as an ending to a relationship, rather than a beginning or a reunion. I read Abramovic's memoir in order to understand her more fully, and her memoir introduced me to a woman whose frequently radical performances were outgrowths and manifestations of a unique and beautiful way of seeing the world." Register here!

Tune in to Dr. Lauren Doughty's discussion with alumna Sara Ochs '14 about her forthcoming novel The Resort on April 22, 2024, at 7 p.m. Register here!