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The Summer Book
by Tove Jannson

Wednesday, August 21, 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:45pm

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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 on a 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

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