Literary Circle

The Amerikahaus Literary Circle is a free English book club open to the public. Meetings (usually) take place in the Amerikahaus in Munich on the first Wednesday of each month from October through July.


The titles are nominated and voted upon by the members twice a year.


Meetings and Titles for October 2019 - February 2020


Wednesday, 2 October 2019 (6:00 P.M. - 7:30 P.M.)

The Greatest Generation by Tom Brokaw


Inspired by his attendance at the fortieth anniversary of the D-Day celebrations, veteran journalist Tom Brokaw published this profile in 1998 of the American men and women who grew up during the Great Depression and went on to win World War II, arguing that their singular courage and selflessness not only ensured a victory on the military front but existentially enriched the United States in peacetime as well.



Wednesday, 6 November 2019 (6:00 P.M. - 7:30 P.M.)

Insomniac City: New York, Oliver Sacks, and Me by Bill Hayes


In 2017, Bill Hayes published an intimate memoir—in diary-like vignettes of poetry and prose that are complemented with his photography—detailing the last seven years of the life of renowned neurologist and writer Oliver Sachs, who had been celibate for three and a half decades before meeting Hayes, who, incidentally, was thirty years his junior. Set in an extraordinary city, this, then, is an extraordinary love story between two extraordinary men.



Wednesday, 4 December 2019 (6:00 P.M. - 7:30 P.M.)

Jazz by Toni Morrison


Like the musical genre of its title, this 1992 novel is rife with riffs by its cast of characters who, in a manner of speaking, improvise solos toward an interplay that tonally depicts a mosaic whole; echoing the jazziness of call-and-response, Toni Morrison, winner of the Nobel Prize, creates a facet of perspectives that enable the fictional exploration of events from multiple points of view.



Wednesday, 15 January 2020 (6:00 P.M. - 7:30 P.M.)

Death in the Afternoon by Ernest Hemingway


After bearing witness to the Pamplona fiesta in the 1920s, Ernest Hemingway was inspired to write of bullfighting in The Sun Also Rises. In 1932, he gathered his thoughts on the subject to publish this reflective guidebook that plumbs the ceremonies of the art and the metaphysics of the sport, wherein the future Nobel laureate found an elemental and passionate encounter of life and death, fear and courage.



Wednesday, 5 February 2020 (6:00 P.M. - 7:30 P.M.)

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou


Published in 1969, this is an autobiographical account of the early years of Maya Angelou, the esteemed poet and writer. In a word, this inspiring coming-of-age story and Bildungsroman illustrates how—through a strength of character and a love of literature—

horrifying racism and sexual trauma can be overcome, eventually leading to a dignified self-possession that is more than capable of responding to acts of prejudice.



The Amerikahaus Literary Circle is sponsored by the Amerikahaus Verein and the Bavarian Center for Transatlantic Relations.