Classics Book Club
7:00 p.m.
Online via Zoom

What makes a book a “classic”? The writer Italo Calvino defined them this way: "A classic is a book which has never exhausted all it has to say to its readers." In that spirit, the Classics Book Club will read and discuss novels that have become beloved over the years, which offer a rich experience to both the new reader and the re-reader. We’ll read one classic or modern classic book every other month and engage in a lively discussion about the text. If you’re looking for an excuse to read a few classics you’ve never gotten around to, or eager to reread a book with a fresh perspective, join us (virtually)!

This month, we will read Passing by Nella Larsen. Written in 1929, this classic Harlem Renaissance novel is gorgeously written and reads with the suspenseful pace of a domestic thriller. It focuses on the tense friendship of two Black women, Clare and Irene, and especially on Clare's decision to pass as a white woman. Passing deals with complex themes of race, class, and gender in society and remains as vivid today as it was in the 1920s. It's also set to be released as a much-anticipated movie on Netflix in November.

Available on hoopla, participants can download an eBook or eAudiobook version of the book to read or listen to and physical copies are also available at the library! Please register here to get the Zoom meeting invitation. Email us at if you need assistance with your account.

Online programs hosted by the library will be provided via Zoom. Visit their website here to find the appropriate download instructions and download link for your device. Registration for all programs is required. Participants who register for any program will receive an email with the link to join.

As of September 7, 2021, Rowayton Library is in Phase 5 of Reopening!