The Flannery O'Connor Summer Reading Club

Remember me? It has been a while, but summer is here and my first year back teaching is complete, so I thought it would be fun to host some summer reading discussions at Jonathan-Rogers.com. My biography of Flannery O'Connor--The Terrible Speed of Mercy--will be released later this summer, so why don't we read through some of her stories? Each Monday from now through the end of August I will post an article about one of O'Connor's stories (see the schedule below). I hope to post follow-up articles each week as well, but my blogging muscles are atrophied after so long, so I'd better not commit to more than the Monday article each week. I hope you'll be moved to lively discussion about these stories, which can be quite controversial. We'll start Monday, June 4, with "A Good Man Is Hard to Find," a story that you have likely read already. It is also the only story that you can hear read by the author; click here for scratchy but amazing audio of O'Connor reading "A Good Man Is Hard to Find" at Vanderbilt).

Here is the schedule for the Flannery O'Connor Summer Reading Club:

Week of June 4: "A Good Man Is Hard to Find" Week of June 11: "The Life You Save May Be Your Own" Week of June 18: "The River" Week of June 25: "The Displaced Person" Week of July 2: "A Temple of the Holy Ghost" Week of July 9: "The Artificial Nigger" Week of July 16: "Good Country People" Week of July 23: "Greenleaf" Week of July 30: "A View of the Woods" Week of August 6: "The Enduring Chill" Week of August 13: "Everything that Rises Must Converge" Week of August 20: "Revelation" Week of August 27: "Parker's Back"

All of these stories appear in The Complete Stories. I hope you'll be able to join in the conversation.