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Harmony Book Group: Harmony Book Group

The Harmony Book Group meets at the Harmony Library on the first Wednesday of every month at 6:15PM.

Upcoming Selections​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

  • April 1, 2020: Contemporary Female, Educated, by Tara Westover (2018 Amazon Best Book of the Year)
  • May 6, 2020: Contemporary Male, Midnight's Children, by Salman Rushdie (1981 Booker Prize)
  • June 3, 2020: Classic Female, The Mandarins, Simone de Beauvoir (1954 Prix Goncourt)

2020 Titles

January 8, 2020: Contemporary Male, Being Mortal, by Atul Gawande​

February 5, 2020: Classic Female, Delta Wedding, by Eudora Welty

March 4, 2020: Classic Male, The Executioner's Song, by Norman Mailer (1980 Pulitzer for Fiction)

HARMONY BOOK GROUP Frequently Asked Questions

1) When do you meet? We almost always meet on the 1st Wednesday of the month at 6:15PM, the only exceptions tend to be if there is a conflict such as commencement or spring break. We usually announce a month or so ahead of time if there is a change.

2) Where do you meet? The location is at the Harmony Library at Shields and Harmony in Fort Collins, typically in the Community Room across from the library.

3) What is the summer project? For July and August, we usually pick a long or difficult classic book as a summer project, with the approximate first half of the book for July, and the second half discussed in August.

How do you choose your selections?

  1. Two or three times a year a request goes out to add books to the future reading list, in the four categories. Anyone who is a regular could submit names to this list. The list is sent by email to members, and kept on the futures tab on the website.
  2. The list is circulated via email with a reminder to do some research on books which are not familiar.
  3. At a meeting we would vote and the books with the highest number of votes in each category would be our list for the next year (or six months).

The usual formula for selections is to alternate between classic male, classic female, contemporary male, and contemporary female authors.  The summer project can disturb the rotation, as often the summer project is a classic and it may not line up for the July rotation, in which case we adjust the rotation to accommodate.

Because we have found it difficult to discuss a book that is a collection of short stories or poems, we have also picked collections from which we discuss one short story or one or a few poems, along with the main selection.

4) Who is in the book group? We have a wide range of ages and occupations represented. The book group is most interesting when different perspectives are discussed, and most lively when there is disagreement.  The current group ranges from recent Front Range graduates to retirees.  We welcome newcomers by publishing a list of titles we are planning on reading.