Reading Groups @ the Center


Graduate students gather once a month to discuss pre-assigned reading material. All students are welcome.

Free of charge.


Community reading groups are informal discussion groups that meet monthly at the Center to discuss books relating to the Renaissance period. New members are always welcome.

Members of the Renaissance Book Club will begin the New Year by reading the sequel to Wolf Hall: Bringing Up the Bodies. Wolf Hall received the Man Booker Prize for fiction in 2009 and Hillary Mantel's sequel has again won the award which is given to fiction writers from the British Commonwealth and Ireland. In the first novel, Thomas Cromwell, at a great price, helps Henry VIII to dissolve his marriage and marry Ann Boleyn. The second continues the narrative which charts the rise and fall of Cromwell.
Elizabeth in the Garden, a story of love, rivalry, and spectacular gardens, by Trea Martin, is the group's choice for February, to be followed in March by Dark Fire, the second in the popular Shardlake Tudor mysteries by C.J. Samson. In April they will read The King's Mistresses: the liberated lives of Marie Mancini, Princess Colonna, and her sister Hortense, Dutchess Mazarin by Elizabeth Goldsmith. Deadly Daggers follows, a mystery which takes place at a Renaissance Faire. In June, the group will turn to the visual arts by reading Ross King's Leonardo and the Last Supper or DaVinci's Ghost by Toby Lester.

If these books which give insight into the lives and times of Renaissance characters, both real and fictional, appeal to you, you can gain further information about the club by calling Nancy Gregg at: (413) 256-5199 or write to her at:

Free of charge.