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Harrington Launches Design-Themed Book Club

December 2, 2011 General, Graphic & Comm. Design, Interior Design 0 Comments

Harrington College of Design book clubHarrington College’s Director of Library Services, Leigh Gates, shares some exciting news about our new design-themed book club.

Good books answer our questions and inspire us to ask, and to see, and to read. Harrington instructor Connie Garner and I have formed a Design Book Reading Club at Harrington College for those of us interested in the visual and designed world, and who like to read. It is open to all students, staff and faculty.

We started with a popular book by Erik Larson, "The Devil in the White City," set in Chicago during World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893. Although novelistic, this book is entirely fact based and delves deep into the past of Chicago. It generated lively discussion among the book club participants about Chicago as a city at the end of the 19th century, the planning and execution of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition, the personalities of fair planner D.H. Burnham and serial killer H.H. Holmes, and the skill of Erik Larson in weaving all these threads into an exciting, suspenseful story.

The Harrington Design Book Reading Club will meet again to discuss the conclusion of their book on Dec. 8, Room 403, at noon. If you have already read the book or are doing so, please feel free to join!

We will provide a reading list of entertaining and thought-provoking books in the design discipline— some fiction, some factual—which we might read during the Spring Semester. We will provide discussion guides and a place to share our ideas, both face-to-face and through an online Forum.

To that end, a Meeting Room has been set up on the Student and Faculty Portals. All books will be available through the Public Library, the Harrington Library's I-Share system or from booksellers.

If you are interested in joining the group, please email me at lgates@harringtoncollege.com.

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