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CR Offers Online Book of the Year Discussion Class


Are you interested in taking part in a book discussion group? Do you want college credit? Then register for College of the Redwood’s Book of the Year online discussion class. Read 10: Book of the Year Discussion Group, section #V7584, is a one-unit, late start 10-week class beginning February 3. This course is delivered and taught 100% online; there are no classroom meetings. You may also take the course P/NP.

Taught by CR faculty member Robyn Roberson, Read 10 is “a discussion-driven study and exploration of selected topics related to the current Book of the Year selection…” All interested CR students and community members are encouraged to sign up.

The 2014-15 CR/HSU Book of the Year is War Dances by Sherman Alexie. In this heartbreaking, hilarious collection of stories, Alexie explores the precarious balance between self-preservation and external responsibility in art, family, and the world at large. His stories center around ordinary men on the brink of exceptional change: In the title story, a son recalls his father’s “natural Indian death” from alcohol and diabetes; one story dissects a vintage clothing store owner’s failing marriage; another story examines what happens when a politician’s son commits a hate crime (Amazon).

The Los Angeles Times declares that “the structure [in War Dances] is sophisticated yet playful, a subtle way to bring lightness to heavy topics such as senility, bigotry, cancer, and loneliness…. A mix tape of a book, with many voices, pieces of different length, shifting rhythms, an evolving story.”

Winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, the PEN/Malamud Award for Short Fiction, A PEN/Hemingway Citation for Best First Fiction, and the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature, Sherman Alexie is a poet, short story writer, novelist, and performer. A Spokane/Coeur d’Alene Indian, Alexie grew up in Wellpinit, Washington, on the Spokane Indian Reservation.

To register for Read 10, call 707-476-4200 or visit

Other events and activities organized around the book’s themes are posted at and at

For more information about the class, contact Robyn Roberson at