Did you know you can find a branch of the International Arts Movement right here in Charlottesville? You can, if you look in the right place. That place is New City Arts, and its monthly meeting of IAM’s Readers Guild.
What is IAM, you ask? Put simply, it is a non-profit dedicated to creating the richness of culture the world should possess. Through workshops, lectures, projects and much more, IAM is in the business of “rehumanizing” the world.
The Readers Guild is one step in that process, and has spread to numerous locations around the country. This unique setup creates a conversation that goes way beyond Charlottesville. As each chapter discusses books simultaneously and posts summaries of the conversations online, it is basically the biggest book club in the world.
And who wouldn’t want to be part of that?
This month’s meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 17 at 6 p.m. at Court Square Tavern. This month’s literary selection is The Moviegoer, by Walker Percy and is deemed “a genuine American classic” by New City Art’s Readers Guild. Previous titles include T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets, Richard Russo’s Empire Falls, and Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited.
IAM warns that “Becoming an engaged reader requires commitment and intellectual curiosity,” but reassures that “the rewards are great.”
If you are interested in putting your mind to the test and hopping on board with the Guild, check out New City Arts’ website for more information and contacts.