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Washington | July 16, 2016, 5:00 PM
DC Chapter Book Club: Reed President John Kroger's Memoir
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Washington, District of Columbia

Join the DC Reedies book club at 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 16, 2016, to discuss Reed President John Kroger's memoir about his time as a prosecutor (Convictions: A Prosecutor's Battles Against Mafia Killers, Drug Kingpins, and Enron Thieves), with a special guest. John will participate in the book club by phone.

We'll meet in the Tenleytown neighborhood of Washington at the home of Deborah Broderson '91; RSVP to her for directions at There is a limit on the number of people Deborah's home can comfortably host, so the earlier you reply, the more likely it is we can accomodate you.

There will also be some light food, and you're encouraged to bring a treat or drink of your choice. Questions: Jonathan Make '98 at

RSVP to Deborah Broderson '91 via email (


Boston | June 11, 2016, 10:00 AM
Tour: Boston's African American History
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1634 Freedom Trail
Boston, Massachusetts

If you're not at Reunions, I hope you'll come join me for a fun, interesting walking tour in Boston I've always wanted to do. 

Come check out the 1.5 mile walking tour of the African American history of Boston. This tour will be led by a guide and they estimate it to be 1.5 hours. 

IMPORTANT: The tour will depart from the Robert Gould Shaw and 54th Massachusetts Regiment Memorial (across from the Massachusetts State House).  Easily found in Google Maps.  Text me if you are lost.  

Lunch will probably follow the walk, but we can make that decision as a group. There are many excellent options in all price ranges right in the area.

RSVP to Eve Lyons via email ( or phone (6177871901) or Facebook (

Boston | July 31, 2016, 7:00 PM
Shakespeare in the Park
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112-120 Boylston Street
Boston, Massachusetts

Free Shakespeare in the Park! This is always a fun way to take in Shakespeare. We will have one person meeting people at the Boylston MBTA station and one person holding down a picnic blanket. Bring some food or drink to share if you want.

RSVP to Eve Lyons or Gray.

RSVP to Eve Lyons and Gray via email (, or phone (6177871901) or Facebook (


Seattle | June 15, 2016, 7:30 PM
Rainier June Reading Group
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716 North 84th Street
Seattle, Washington

Light Years by James Salter
Home of Judy Blinder ’80 and Billy Kreuter

Here is an excerpt from Nick Paumgarten’s 2014 New-Yorker profile of James Salter:

"Salter is not famous. Among many writers, and some literary people, he is venerated for his sentence-making, his observational powers, his depictions of sex and valor, and a pair of novels that, in spite of thin sales and obscure subject matter, have more than a puncher’s chance at permanence. He has won some prizes, and been nominated for others, but he’s never won “the big cookies,” in the words of the writer and Salter admirer Joy Williams. Most people seem not to know about him, and many who do find his work precious, arty, mandarin. His admirers, many of them esteemed fiction writers, young and old, believe that he’s inexcusably overlooked and underread. Jhumpa Lahiri has written, of 'Light Years,' 'I’m shamelessly in its debt.' Richard Ford, citing a peerless 'intuition for the world’s details and for its unobvious emotional business,' declared, 'It is an article of faith among readers of fiction that James Salter writes American sentences better than anyone writing today.’”  Here is a link to the article:

Reading group meetings start at 7:30 p.m. and generally end around 9:30 p.m.  People who have read the month’s selection are invited to come; new participants are welcome and no long-term commitment is required.  If you plan to attend, please e-mail or call the hosts at least two days before the meeting, so they will know how many people to expect and so you may be notified if the location should change.  Locations sometimes do change after the calendar has been sent out.  Contact Peter Greenfield ’67 with questions or suggestions (; 206/322-2640).

RSVP to Judy Blinder '80 and Billy Kreuter via email ( or phone ((206) 784-0849)

Seattle | October 13, 2016, 7:30 PM
Rainier January Reading Group
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4211 3rd Avenue Northwest
Seattle, Washington

The Heart of the Matter by Graham Green

Location to be announced.

The Heart of the Matter details a life-changing moral crisis for Henry Scobie.  Greene, a British intelligence officer in Freetown, Sierra Leone, drew on his experience there. . . . [The novel] won the 1948 James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction.  In 1998, the Modern Library ranked The Heart of the Matter 40th on its list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century.  In 2005, the novel was chosen by TIME magazine as one of the one hundred best English-language novels from 1923 to the present.   In 2012, it was shortlisted for the Best of the James Tait Black.  Wikipedia.  (Footnotes omitted.)

Reed Rainier Chapter Reading Group Calendar 

November 2015 - January 2016

Reading group meetings start at 7:30 p.m. and generally end around 9:30 p.m.  People who have read the month's selection are invited to come; no long-term commitment is required and new participants are welcome.  If you plan to attend, please e-mail or call the hosts at least two days before the meeting to let them know you expect to attend and to confirm the location.  Locations sometimes change after the calendar has been sent out.  Contact Peter Greenfield '67 with questions or suggestions (petergreenfield@msn.com206/322-2640).

RSVP to Peter Greenfield via email ( or phone (206/322-2640)