On the last Wednesday of each month, the Bookspeak book club meets at The Keith House in the Prairie Avenue Historic District.
As Trib Nation manager, and on behalf of Printers Row Journal -- and with this fall's Chicago Humanities Festival in mind -- I visited the group's meeting on Halloween morning.
The book discussion was a reminder of why we revel in the humanities and cherish the printed word. Conversation bounced from "Gone Girl" by Chicago author (and past Chicago Live! guest) Gillian Flynn to the ways literature connects with our lives. (The Tribune's Mary Schmich interviewed her in this piece.)
A good book club can be an avenue for critical thinking, for understanding and making oneself understood, and for checking one's observations against the experience of others. Printers Row was built with gatherings like this in mind. Meeting Bookspeak was thoroughly enjoyable.