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Thirsty Third Thursday
Share conversation and comestibles with fellow Reedies on Thirsty Third Thursday. Look for the pink table-top sign and the stuffed griffin at a pub/bar/restaurant near you.

If you want to see where other Thirsty Third Thursday events are happening, check here.

Reading group
Reading group meetings start at 7:30 p.mand generally end around 9:30 p.m   New participants are welcome.  People who have read the month’s selection are welcome to come; 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 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 (; 206/322-2640.)

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
Home of Debbie Prince ’71
4211  3rd Avenue NW, Seattle 98107
(206) 782-5827
“The Shadow of the Wind” is “a 2001 novel by Spanish writer Carlos Ruiz Zafón, and a worldwide bestseller. The book was translated into English in 2004 by Lucia Graves and sold over a million copies in the UK after already achieving success on mainland Europe, topping the Spanish bestseller lists for weeks. . . . It is believed to have sold 15 million copies worldwide,[1]making it one of the best-selling books of all time.”  Wikipedia article.
It is described in a note as follows:  “Barcelona, 1945: A city slowly heals in the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War, and Daniel, an antiquarian book dealer’s son who mourns the loss of his mother, finds solace in a mysterious book entitled The Shadow of the Wind, by one Julián Carax. But when he sets out to find the author’s other works, he makes a shocking discovery: someone has been systematically destroying every copy of every book Carax has written. In fact, Daniel may have the last of Carax’s books in existence. Soon Daniel’s seemingly innocent quest opens a door into one of Barcelona’s darkest secrets--an epic story of murder, madness, and doomed love.”
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
The Righteous Mind: why good people are divided by politics and religion by Jonathan Haidt
Home of Judy Blinder ’80 and Billy Kreuter
716 N 84th Street, Seattle 98103
(206) 784-0849
“The Righteous Mind” is described by William Saletan in the NYT Book Review as “a landmark contribution to humanity’s understanding of itself.  Haidt, a social psychologist, brings Darwinian thinking and contemporary empirical research to bear on questions about politics, religion and, more generally, the moral dimensions of human behavior.”  Glenn C. Altschuler of NPR calls the result “splendidly written, sophisticated and stimulating. It may well change how you think and talk about politics, religion and human nature.”  Here is a link to the NYT review:
This book addresses one of the themes of this June’s Reed Alumni College.
On deck for the summer is Rebecca Mead’s new book “My Life in Middlemarch.”  “Middlemarch” has been the subject of two reading-group discussions – with a ten-year interval.  Here is a link to a NYT 3-minute video interview with Mead about the book:

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Steering Committee

To contact the chapter, send email to or you can look up individual members using the alumni directory in IRIS.

Sally Snyder Brunette ’83
Ben Demboski ’02
Ethel K. Katz ’46
Hana Levay ’99
John Neumaier ’83
Barbara Carter Radin ’75
Erik Speckman ’91
Bram Wessel ’90, chair