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Cannon Beach book group announces titles for new year

Discussion to open with Zakaria’s ‘In Defense of a Liberal Education’

Published on December 12, 2017 12:01AM

Last changed on December 12, 2017 10:34PM

“In Defense of a Liberal Education,” topic of an upcoming discussion in Cannon Beach.

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“In Defense of a Liberal Education,” topic of an upcoming discussion in Cannon Beach.

On Dec. 21, participants in Cannon Beach Reads, who meet at the Cannon Beach Library from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on the third Wednesday of every month, will conclude their eleventh year of reading and discussing important books by Pacific Northwest, national, and international authors. Member Bob Lundy will lead the group’s discussion of Fareed Zakaria’s “In Defense of a Liberal Education” at the meeting.

At their November meeting, participants prepared for the 12th consecutive year of Cannon Beach Reads. From 57 fiction and nonfiction titles suggested by members, participants chose 12 books to read during 2018. These will be available for loan at the Cannon Beach Library, for purchase at Cannon Beach Book Company or through online book dealers.

Titles for 2018 include: “Life on the Mississippi” by Mark Twain (Jan. 17), “It Can’t Happen Here,” by Sinclair Lewis (Feb. 21), “The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven by Sherman Alexie (March 21), “For Whom the Bell Tolls,” by Ernest Hemingway (Apr.18), “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and “Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll (May 16), “Only a Theory: Evolution and the Battle for America’s Soul,” by Kenneth Miller (June 20), Candide: “Zadig and Selected Stories,” by Voltaire (July 18), “The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls (Aug. 15), “Mink River,” by Brian Doyle (Sept. 19), “The Handmaid’s Tale,” by Margaret Atwood (Oct. 17), “Overbooked: The Exploding Business of Travel and Tourism,” by Elizabeth Becker (Nov. 21) and “Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind,” by Yuval Noah Harari (Dec. 19).

Cannon Beach, Arch Cape and Seaside residents and visitors attend monthly meetings of Cannon Beach Reads for conversation, coffee or tea and cookies. New members are encouraged to participate.

For additional information about Cannon Beach Reads, contact Joe Bernt, 503-436-4186 or


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