A book club can have several goals at once, including the social aspect of getting together with others in a relaxed setting and the focused activity of discussing various elements of a particular book that everyone in the group has (mostly) read. A recent survey by BookBrowse of over 5,500 individuals engaged in book clubs across the country reported that survey responders highlighted both the value of discussion focused on the chosen book AND the social nature of the group. In the latest session of our yearlong CHWB Book Club, you’ll join Dr. Annette Kelly, an avid reader, and the recently retired board president of Neighbors Network, who aims to help you do both!
For our October selection, we’ll be reading “Old in Art School,” by Dr. Nell Irvin Painter, a celebrated, published, research historian with a full academic career, aging parents, and a full life.
In her mid-sixties, she retired from Princeton University and embarked upon a journey into art, first earning a BFA and then an MFA at the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design.
“Old in Art School” is a fascinating memoir of her decision and her journey, a memoir of starting over.
Dr. Painter raises thought-provoking lessons to ponder, such as:
— “…. should you do what you’ve always done because you don’t have enough time left to do something different?”
— ” …. can you be interesting AND old?”
— ” … there are SO MANY ways to do new things…”
Read “Old in Art School” by Nell Painter and make plans to join the CHWB Book Club for a lively discussion led by Dr Annette Kelly.
Special Note: Participants are asked to borrow or purchase the featured book prior to the program’s start date. Book clubs work well when participants have read the book, but this is not a requirement. Being open to the opinions and reflections of others is important, as is staying on topic. Other elements of a “good” discussion: making room for everyone who wishes to speak, being attentive when others are speaking, not interrupting, or arguing, and encouraging less talkative members to join in.
Mark Your Calendars and Stay Tuned: The CHWB Book Club will hold its final meeting of 2022 on December 15 to discuss “Susan, Linda, Nina & Cokie: The Extraordinary Story of the Founding Mothers of NPR” by Lisa Napoli.
This program is presented by Dr. Annette Kelly and hosted by the Winter Park Health Foundation.
About the Program Presenter
Annette Kelly recently retired as the board president of Neighbors Network, a local non-profit, whose mission is the independence, engagement, and connectedness of older adults in our community. She is also a retired nurse practitioner and nursing professor with experience locally as the former CEO of the Alzheimer’s Association. She was the former assistant professor of Nursing at Florida Southern College. Kelly is an avid reader who has been married 58 years and enjoys spending time with her four children and four grandchildren.