You are invited to join another Online Classics Book Discussion for adults! Join us Thursday, April 23rd, 7 – 8:15 p.m. to discuss Nikolai Gogol’s short story “The Overcoat.” We hope this discussion will be a fun way to connect with the community while many of us are stuck at home. Be sure to register!

For many, this is a stressful and busy time, so we’re just discussing one short story–but it’s not an exaggeration to say it’s one of the best short stories ever written. Published in 1842, the poignant and surreal story of a Russian bureaucrat and his coat has been so influential that Dostoevsky once said, “we all came out of Gogol’s ‘Overcoat.’” 

You can download a pdf of the story here, or check out the ebook through Hoopla. If you have extra time, your extra credit reading is another classic Gogol story, “The Nose,” (download pdf or check out through Hoopla).

We’ll be meeting through Zoom, a video conferencing app. First, sign up with your email here to get the link and password sent to you. At 7 p.m., on Thursday, April 23, just click this link and enter the password that was emailed to you. 

If you haven’t used Zoom before, you’ll be prompted to download the free application for your computer, tablet, or phone you’re using. You will not need to sign up for an account. There is also the option to join by conference call. If you have any questions, you can email me ahead of time at [email protected] to troubleshoot. 

Hope to see you at the video conference on the 23rd. Happy reading!