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David G. Vanderstel, Secretary

9131 S. Greenridge Lane

Bloomington, Indiana   47401



9 November 2018




            The Indianapolis Literary Club will gather next on the evening of Monday 19 November 2018 at 8:00 pm in Clowes Commons at Park Tudor School.  The essayist will be Stephen E. Towne who will read his essay “General Adventures.”           

                         “Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”

                        “That depends a good deal on where you want to get to.”

                        “I don’t much care where—”

                        “Then it doesn’t matter which way you go.”

                        “No, no!! The adventures first, explanations take such a dreadful time.”

                                   English author Lewis Carroll, (1832-1898), 

                                   Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland     


At the last meeting of the Club, President James Lingenfelter offered his welcome to members.  The Secretary reported that there was no business and encouraged members to recruit new members of the Club.  The Treasurer reported that the Club was in good financial condition and reminded all to submit their annual dues. A check for $60 for dues will be accepted at the next Club meeting or you may mail it to the Treasurer:

 Richard Wiehe, 2435 Glenhill Drive, Indianapolis, IN  46240

              President Lingenfelter then introduced the evening’s essayist Richard C. Turner who presented his essay, “Lynn, Lynn, City of Sin. So what are you going to do about it?”  The first-time essayist, a retired professor of English at IUPUI, explored the ways by which literature and art may inspire activism by readers and observers in addressing issues that face contemporary society. A lively period of questions and conversation followed.   

 The Secretary reminds members that the Literary Club does not meet during the holiday season.  It will reconvene for its annual Holiday Collation, a dinner and essay which are scheduled for the evening of Monday 7 January 2019 at Park Tudor School.  Details will be forthcoming later in December.  Stay tuned!

             A quick reminder to all Club members.  The Indianapolis Literary Club hosts a Facebook page with 28 members to date. Check it out for contributions from our Club members, which includes activity updates, photographs, literary recommendations, etc.

               Make sure that your calendars are marked for the next meeting of the Indianapolis Literary Club onMonday 19 November 2018 at 8:00 p.m. at Clowes Commons of Park Tudor School.  Essayist Stephen E. Towne will present his essay “General Adventures.”  What adventures will the essayist be examining?  Might it have something to do with individuals checking things off their bucket lists?  An exploration of travel opportunities around the world?  Or, given the essayist’s special interest in the Civil War era, might the presentation focus on a particular military general and his adventures during the national conflict?  Since the Secretary has no clue what the essayist has in mind, you will need to attend the next meeting in order to discover the topic of the evening’s essayist.  Hope to see you there!

                         It is only in adventure that some people succeed in knowing themselves – in finding themselves.

         French writer and 1947 Nobel prize winner for literature Andre Gide (1869-1951)


                                                                                                The Secretary