Writers of the Riddermark:
The Inklings Writers Guild… er, club. C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and their friends met weekly to share what books or poems they were working on, get feedback, and drink some tea (among other things…). Join us as we imitate the original Inklings and share our stuff. Fiction or nonfiction welcome. Let’s encourage each other!
- Meets weekly on Tuesdays at 5:30pm. Join the Facebook group HERE!
C.S. Lewis & Sci-Fi:
C.S. Lewis is mostly known as a children’s fantasy author — The Chronicles of Narnia has been read by kids everywhere. But he also wrote science fiction for adults and was an avid Sci-Fi reader himself. Join us as we take a look at his Space Trilogy (a series exploring the intersection of mythology and sci-fi), the works that influenced it, and other sci-fi titles Lewis respected. We’ll be reading roughly 50 pages per week marveling at some of humanity’s most pressing questions. Books available for purchase in-store.
- Meets weekly on Thursdays at 6:00pm starting June 7th. Join the Facebook group and find the reading schedule HERE!
- We will read the following books this summer:
- Out of the Silent Planet (Space Trilogy #1) by C.S. Lewis
- Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay
- Perelandra (Space Trilogy #2) by C.S. Lewis
- Childhood’s End by Arthur C. Clarke
- Last and First Men by Olaf Stapledon
- The Abolition of Man by C.S. Lewis
Like movies? We’ll be discussing modern classics this summer. Discussion focus will include everything: theme, plot, character, screenplay, camerawork, etc. All you have to do is watch the film ahead of time. Meets monthly on Wednesdays at 6:00pm. Join the Facebook group HERE!
- First Meeting: Wednesday June 13 at 6:00pm — Rear Window, dir. Alfred Hitchcock (1954)
In The Beginning – A Pluralistic Discourse on Myths About Everything:
The ancients gazed upon the stars and wondered. In wondering, they told stories to make sense of the world around them. Today, we’ve mastered astronomy, medicine, and physics. Is there any room then for the ancient myths to tell us about the nature of our reality? Let’s take a pluralistic walk through ancient creation mythology to extract the meaning which helped these stories to survive millennia of social change and technological advancement.
- Meets weekly on Saturdays at 10:00am starting on June 16th. Join the Facebook group HERE!
- Here are (some) of the texts we will be reading this summer:
- The Norse Edda
- Genesis 1-11
- “The Great Hymn to the Aten”
- The Epic of Gilgamesh
- Tao Te Ching
- Plato’s Criticism of Myths: “The Noble Lie”
- “Ainulindalë” by J.R.R. Tolkien
Dinner & a Question: Ecclesiastes
Join us as we dissect the ancient Hebrew Book of Ecclesiastes and see what wisdom this sacred text has for our modern world. Our weekly Dinner & a Question is a casual, discussion-based learning environment over dinner provided from Eddie Papa’s. Food is “pay what you want.” All are welcome! (Presented by VCC)
- Meets weekly on Sundays at 6:00pm in the Common Room starting on June 3rd.