Dog Ears Bookstore, a nonprofit community bookstore located at 688 Abbott Road in South Buffalo, will offer a new literary program for adults beginning June 20. The All of Our Voices Literary Program is offered free of charge thanks to an Art Services of WNY grant.

With an emphasis on women in literature, each session will run from 10 a.m. to noon, with seven sessions total. Prior to each session, participants will be given reading guides, prepared by the literary Instructor, with certain themes, questions and things to look for in each book while they read it.

Sessions will consist of a mix of high-quality discussions, group activities, personal reflections, conversations, writing exercises and more. Sessions will also include a deep dive into the role of women as well as the experiences, expectations, restrictions, prejudices, biases, challenges, etc. they experienced and the overall view of women by society during each time frame. At the end of each session, participants will also be given a list of related books for further reading, relative to the theme or topic covered.

The seven sessions will be held on the following dates and will focus on the books and authors listed:

• Tuesday, June 20, Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf

• Thursday, July 20, Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri

• Tuesday, Aug. 22, The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

• Tuesday, Sept. 19, Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

• Tuesday, Oct. 31, The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner

• Tuesday, Nov. 21, Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo

• Wednesday, Dec. 13, The Sentence by Louise Erdrich

Shorter essays by additional authors will also be read during each session, and the program is limited to 15 participants per session. Please visit Dog Ears Bookstore or call 823-2665 to register or for more information.

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