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Date(s) - June 29, 2022
5:00 pm

Shaw Public Library


A discussion of what makes a society and culture meaningful.  Each of these books describes a society theoretically ‘evolved’ from our own, in which various mechanisms are used to eliminate certain aspects and emphasize others, and the results of doing so

For each book we will read the book and then have a movie screening, followed by a discussion of the book. The schedule of Book Discussions and Screenings is below:

 Book Discussion:

The Giver (Lois Lowry) — June 29th at 5 PM

The Handmaids Tale (Margaret Atwood)– July 11th at 5 PM

Atlas Shrugged (Ayn Rand) – August 9th – at 5 PM


Movie Screenings:

The Giver: June 27th at 4 PM

The Handmaids Tale (1990 Movie): July 7th at 4PM

Atlas Shrugged Part 1: July 28th at 4 PM

Atlas Shrugged Part 2: August 4th at 4 PM

Atlas Shrugged Part 3: August 8th at 4 PM


The books are in order – The Giver starts us off with a society developed to avoid all the unpleasantness of differences and is a relatively short book, quick to read.

The Handmaids Tale moves forward to another version of society – one in which a class of people are relegated to support roles, and particularly the role of women in society.

Atlas Shrugged looks forward from a 1957 society to what Ayn Rand thinks it will evolve into – giving us a discussion of whether or not we think she was right in her prediction as well as looking at aspects of the book based on 1957 technology and how they relate to today’s technology in society.