Classics Books Lecture Series


The 2014 season of our popular Classics Books Lecture Series features distinguished, award-winning professors from The University of Michigan Department of English and Literature surveying classic books. 

Lectures are on Thursdays at the Ewald Branch Library Meeting Room at 7 p.m.

  • February 6  George Bornstein: Thucydides'  Peloponnesian War in America
  • February 20    (Postponed till May 15 due to weather) 
  • March 6   Ralph Williams: a lecture relating to Shakespeare
  • March 20   Enoch Brater: Hamlet's Five Soliloquies
  • April 3  Gregg Crane: a sampling of poetry by Emily Dickinson
  • May 1 John Whittier-Ferguson: Gertrude Stein, "Three LIves" (1909) - see notes below from the lecturer
  • May 15  Theresa Tinkle: Chaucer's Knight's Tale

To see the CBLS Suggested Reading list click on the attachment at the bottom of this page. 

Admission at the Door (no pre-sales)  Reservations  appreciated at 313.343.2074 x 204 or

  • Friends’ Member: Free
  • Non-Members: $10. per lecture
  • Students and Teachers: Free with identification.

One may enjoy the lectures without having read the books, but will undoubtedly be inspired after attending these lectures, which are followed by an informal discussion. Everyone from teenagers to octogenarians and beyond have attended these talks by the University of Michigan professors, who each bring a wealth of fascinating literary and historical information.

To join the Friends of the Grosse Pointe Public Library and attend any or all of the lectures at no charge, please complete a membership form.

In addition to the free Classics Books Lecture Series you will be notified of and invited to participate in additional Friends' sponsored library events. Your Friends' membership fee/donation will support unique programs and purchases for the Grosse Pointe Public Libraries.


Classic Books Suggested Reading 2014.pdf81.34 KB