SAM Suomi: SAM Book Club with Meeria Vesala, October 2023
25.10.2023 | 18:00 - 19:30
Date and time: Wednesday 25.10.2023 @ 18.00-19.30
Book: Harri by Sinclair Lewis / suom. Harri (1943)
Read Meeria Vesala’s book review at the end of the event information.
- A fun and relaxed book club in English led by Meeria Vesala, Ph.D. Candidate in English Literature at Åbo Akademi University
- American literature from classics to contemporary works
- Meetings organized online on Microsoft Teams
All SAM members, and people interested in SAM activities, are warmly welcomed to join SAM Book Club meetings where we read and discuss American literature in English. We embrace all opinions about the book (what moved you, what themes did you notice, etc.) and aim for a lively discussion, but no one is forced to speak. You may read the book in English or in Finnish and participate also as a listener. Join us regularly or on the dates that fit your schedule. The theme for the year 2023 is Courage.
All SAM Book Club titles can be found at your local library and in various bookstores.
Sinclair Lewis: Harri / suom. Harri (1943)
Sinclair Lewis was a prolific writer who built not only a career but his whole life around reading and writing, becoming the first American to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature. Lewis was particularly interested in writing about small towns and working women, making him a rather progressive writer in the early 1900s. Lewis’s novella Harri (one of his later works) was published in a serial form in the Good Housekeeping magazine in 1943 and has only recently been translated into Finnish (2022). The novella tells the story of a widower named Harri and her two children who move to the town of New Kotka in Minnesota. Hoping to start life anew, Harri manages to turn the town (established by Finnish immigrants) upside down and inside out, as she is unable to keep her nose out of other people’s business.