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How to Read a Book

How to Read a Book
Michael Dirda

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Daytime: Monday, Mar. 11, 1-3 p.m.
Tuesday, April 30, 7-9 p.m.

Price: $40 ($35 members)

REFUND POLICY: Please note that we can issue class refunds up until seven (7) days before the first class session.

In this two-hour talk and discussion, Pulitzer Prize-winning critic Michael Dirda will reveal all his secrets as a reader and book reviewer. Nothing will be held back! Mr. Dirda will draw on his 35 years as a literary journalist to show how he approaches both fiction and nonfiction. He will offer pointers on how to read, what to read, and why reading good books matters. There will be handouts. Come prepared to listen, take notes and ask questions.


Michael Dirda, a weekly book columnist for The Washington Post, received the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for criticism. He is the author of the memoir An Open Book and of four collections of essays: Readings, Bound to Please, Book by Book and Classics for Pleasure. His latest book, On Conan Doyle, won the 2012 Edgar Award—for best critical/biographical work of the year—from the Mystery Writers of America. Dirda graduated with Highest Honors in English from Oberlin College and earned a Ph.D. in comparative literature (medieval studies and European romanticism) from Cornell University. He is a regular contributor to The New York Review of Books and Times Literary Supplement, a weekly online essayist ("Browsings") for The American Scholar, and a frequent reviewer for several other literary periodicals, as well as an occasional lecturer and college teacher.






Promotional Period: 
Mar 11 2013 - Apr 30 2013
ISBN-13: 9780805083385
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Holt Paperbacks, 5/2007

ISBN-13: 9780393324891
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: W. W. Norton & Company, 10/2003