SLS PA: 6th Annual Book Chat Ventures Down the Congo River

Last week, over 50 parents and faculty attended the St. Luke’s Parents’ Association’s 6th Annual Book Chat, featuring a delicious jungle-inspired supper and a lively, literary discussion of Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness.
Guests were greeted with a special cocktail as they entered the Fireplace Commons, which was transformed into the African Congo – complete with the river! They enjoyed a traditional African stew and a chocolate mud bath for dessert. The beautifully decorated tables set the scene for the discussion to come. Literature truly came to life!
After dinner, guests were treated to an illuminating conversation led by English teacher, Susan Doran, and History teacher, Hunter Martin. Their presentation of Heart of Darkness touched on Joseph Conrad’s background, the social and cultural context of the novel, character development, and the themes of darkness and savagery. Parents and faculty alike were engaged in the discussion, and it was a wonderful opportunity to experience a “classroom” setting on the Hilltop. 
A special thank you to Susan Doran and Hunter Martin, to all the wonderful parent volunteers, and also to our two dedicated co-chairs, Leslie Balkind and Anne Liebergall. You gave us a night to remember and one of the best events of the year!
If you weren’t able to attend the Book Chat, please stay tuned to the St. Luke’s Parents’ Association news for information on other exciting events coming your way this spring. We look forward to welcoming you next time!

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