Ali Smith's "Spring" (1960)

Two Wednesdays: May 29 and June 5, from 12 to 2:00 p.m.

$70.00 (10% off for members)

Continuing our reading of Ali Smith’s “Seasonal Quartet,” we will take up the third novel, Spring, fresh off the presses, as the first class will meet four weeks after publication.  The series is a literary phenomenon, written by the Booker Prize finalist and acknowledged master in response to our specific historical moment when “the time we are living in is changing nature,” and the nature of storytelling, identity, politics, and culture are also in flux. Smith delivers her manuscripts so close to their publication date that she is able to incorporate events from “the mad and bitter mess” of the present into her fiction, encompassing the chaos of Brexit and immigration hostilities, the cacophony of a “post-truth” internet-saturated society, and the recklessness of climate change denial. There is wit, too, and her signature word play and faith in the power of language and the creative spirit to renew the hope that is sustained by art and love, as in Shakespeare, whose work is an important influence on the series. Join us and come to understand why Ali Smith is frequently mentioned as a contender for Scotland’s first Nobel Prize in Literature.

Please read the whole book in preperation for the first session.

This course is open both to all those who have read the previous two books, Autumn and Winter, and to those who are new to the series—you can certainly begin with Spring and not be lost . . . but you will probably find yourself wishing to delve into the others as well. Two Wednesdays: May 29 and June 5, from 12 to 2:00 p.m.

Spring by Ali Smith  (9781101870778)


Rhonda Shary was an adjunct professor of literature, writing, and film for over ten years at SUNY New Paltz, Marymount College of Fordham University, and the New York Institute of Technology. Her poetry, fiction, and essays appear in P&P’s District Lines III and V; 100-Word Story; Water Writes: An Anthology in Honor of the Hudson River Quadricentennial; and A Slant of Light: Women Writers of the Hudson River Valley, among others. After moving to DC in 2014, she joined the staff at Politics and Prose Bookstore, where she is now an editor for OPUS Publishing and an instructor in the literature and writing classes.

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

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Spring: A Novel (Seasonal Quartet) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101870778
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Published: Pantheon - April 30th, 2019