Pages in Particular: On the Power of Books


Course Description

All Autumn 2020 courses will take place on Zoom. Readings will be available online and by in-person retrieval.

As readers, we can all identify with John Steinbeck's remark that "certain books were realer than experience… I read them when I was… young, and remember them not always as books, but as things that happened to me." At the same time, we can sympathize with Chang Ch'ao's observation that "reading books in one's youth is like looking at the moon through a crevice; reading books in middle age is like looking at the moon in one's courtyard; and reading books in old age is like looking at the moon on an open terrace. Finally, at seventy-five or eighty, the full moon blazes forth in all its glory."

Why and how do books make such strong impressions on us? Why have certain books had such a powerful impact on readers in our culture? During the weekly discussions and in connection with the course readings, participants will share their experiences and insights as readers.

Books to Purchase

    • Meyerson, Amy. The Bookshop of Yesterdays. ISBN-13: 978-0778319849.
    • Zevin, Gabrielle. The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry. ISBN-13: 978-0143191278.

Please note that this course has a maximum enrollment of 14 students.

Priority is given to students who pay upon registration.

For fully registered courses, a waiting list will be created. Should vacancies develop, those on the waiting list will be contacted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please note that we do not allow participants to audit courses for free.

Course Details

First Session: Thursday 24 September 2020

Course Length: 10 weeks, Thursdays, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Discussion Team: Nusia Matura, Len Richman, Barbara Rolston 

Degree Credit: Half credit

Course Fees: 

$140.00 (standard tuition)
$95.00 (promotion for new students)

Administrative Fee:



$175.00 (standard tuition)
$130.00 (promotion for new students)

Course fees are refundable in full before the second session. After the second session, a fee of $50 for the withdrawal will be applied. Refunds will not be issued after the third session. Please note that non-attendance does not constitute a withdrawal.

Degree students, course leaders, and students wishing to use credit vouchers should not register online. 

Degree students must schedule an appointment with the Admissions and Accreditation Committee to register for courses at

Course leaders, and students wishing to use credit vouchers from cancelled Spring 2020 courses, should call (514) 935-9585 to pay by phone or to schedule an appointment to pay in person.

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