The Book Discussion Group at the McClelland Library is led by Dr. Joyce East (left), a retired professor of Irish Studies, and Mary Wilber (right), a retired librarian and current member of the Scottsdale Library Board. The group seeks to engage members of our community with the tradition and excellence of all forms of Irish Literature.

Experience the discussion online

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As a new feature in Spring of 2015, the McClelland Library Book Discussion Group is going digital!  Join us to continue the discussion after meetings by becoming a member of our Facebook group.

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Meeting Time and Place

Book discussions will be held from 10:30AM to 12:30PM in the McClelland Library’s Norton Room. Don’t forget to check our library, your local library, local book stores, and the internet to find your copy.

2017/2018 Schedule and Selections

Sept. 30, 2017
Making History by Brian Friel (play, 1989)
Oct. 28, 2017
The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne by Brian Moore (novel, 1955)
Dec. 2, 2017
The Ghosts of Belfast by Stuart Neville (thriller, 2010)
Jan. 27, 2018
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Feb. 24, 2018
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March 24, 2018
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April 28, 2018
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Last year’s Selections and Guides

Sept. 24, 2016
Belinda McKeon, “Solace” (novel – 2011) September Guide
Nov. 5, 2016
John M. Synge, “The Playboy of the Western World and Riders to the Sea”
(a comedy in three-acts, 1907, and a tragedy in one – act 1904) Synge-book-discussion-guide
You can find a free online copy of the play HERE
Dec. 3, 2016
Roddy Doyle, “Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha” (novel – 1993) paddy-guide
Jan. 28, 2017
John McGahern, “Amongst Women” (novel – 1990) discussion-guide-john-mcgahern
Feb. 25, 2017
Claire Keegan, “Walk the Blue Fields” (short stories – 2007) Walk the Blue Fields
March 25, 2017
Colm Tóibín, “Nora Webster” (novel – 2014) Guide on Nora Webster March
April 29, 2017
Dermot Healy, “Long Time, No See” (novel – 2011) DHealy discussion guide