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The Dickens discussion group will meet the first Thursday of every month from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Trustees' Room, unless otherwise specified. Taking its keynote from the memorable Nabokov introduction in which he announced, ‘We are now ready to tackle Dickens. We are now ready to embrace Dickens. We are now ready to bask in Dickens,’ the group seeks to create a welcoming literary space where members may tackle, embrace, and bask in Dickens for years to come. 

The group is open to all levels of experience and interest in Dickens, from those who have never had the pleasure of meeting him at all, to those who had a brief acquaintance with him in school, to those many for whom he has become an old and very dear friend.

Interested members should contact the group’s moderators Claire Laporte and Clive Martin to be placed on the email list: and

We offer meetings through a virtual platform and in-person with a hybrid connection. Please contact the group moderator with questions.

2022–2023 Schedule

  • Jan. 6: Little Dorrit, part I
    Feb. 3: Little Dorrit, part II
    Mar. 3: Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe
    Apr. 7: A Tale of Two Cities
    May 5: Great Expectations, parts I and II
    Jun. 2: Great Expectations, part III
    Happy summer!
  • Sep. 1: Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell, Wives and Daughters
  • Oct. 6: Our Mutual Friend, part I
  • Nov. 3: Our Mutual Friend, part II
  • Dec. 1: "Mrs. Lirriper's Lodgings" and/or "Mrs. Lirriper's Legacy"
  • Jan. 5: George Gissing, New Grub Street
  • Feb. 2: The Mystery of Edwin Drood
  • Mar. 2: Sketches by Boz, part I
  • Apr. 6: Sketches by Boz, part II
  • May 4: Wilkie Collins, Armadale, part I
  • Jun. 1: Wilkie Collins, Armadale, part II

Dickens Discussion Group Past Readings