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The Summer Book
by Tove Jannson

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Six-year-old Sophia and her grandmother are summertime inhabitants on an unspoiled island in the Gulf of Finland. Through twenty-two vignettes, Jannson illustrates how small events feel monumental, and how both the young and old ask similar questions of life. Tove Jannson- who gained international acclaim through the Moomintroll comic strip- spent much of her life on an island like the one described in The Summer Book. The Summer Book was translated from Swedish to English by Thomas Teal.


World Literature is a member-led group. It's free to all members, and all are welcome to attend. Many of the selections discussed are critically acclaimed works translated into English. World Literature Meets the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of every month (excluding holidays).

World Literature Book Group Meetings

Members Only; Free
4th Floor Board Room
Myles Cooper - 415-857-6721

Future Book Group Meetings

World Literature
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Sep 18 - 6:30pm

Too Loud a Solitude
by Bohumil Hrabal

World Literature
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Oct 2 - 6:30pm

A Hero of Our Time
by Mikhail Lermontov

Fast Fridays
detail of New York Movie by Edward Hopper

Oct 4 - 12:00pm

"The Projectionist"
by Joe R. Lansdale

Brown Bag Mystery Readers
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Oct 7 - 12:00pm

The Snatch
by Bill Pronzini

World Literature
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Oct 16 - 6:30pm

American Pastoral
by Philip Roth