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The Great Gatsby and the 1920's   Tags: 1920's, jazz age, the lost generation, twenties  

“So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”
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The Great Gatsby

Why is The Great Gatsby often mentioned as the great American novel? This 1925 novel features Jay Gatsby, an American archetype - someone who reinvents himself to pursue his idea of the American dream.

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The Great Gatsby
ISBN: 0743273567



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  • Thursday, Oct 1, 2015: Books on Tap - The Great Gatsby @ the Phoenix
    Join the Books on Tap book club for a discussion of The Great Gatsby. Registration is required; to sign up, call 563-326-7832
  • Thursday, Oct 1, 2015: The Great Gatsby Open Discussion: Focus on Daisy Buchanan @ Main Library
    Join us for an open discussion of DPL's Big Read selection, The Great Gatsby, with a focus on the character of Daisy Buchanan. Registration is not required.
  • Friday, Oct 2, 2015: Gatsby's Speakeasy: Big Read Kickoff Party @ Main Library
    For all ages. Dress in your favorite roaring 20's finery! Knock on the Main Library's 4th Street Door and give the password "Big Read sent me." Entertainment provided by local students and the Creative Arts Academy. Visit our website to RSVP.
  • Thursday, Oct 8, 2015: The Great Gatsby Open Discussion: Watery Symbolism @ Eastern
    This discussion will focus on the theme of water that seeps through the novel. Registraion is not required.
  • Tuesday, Oct 13, 2015: The Great Gatsby Open Discussion: Focus on Nick Carraway
    This discussion will focus on the novel's narrator, Nick Carraway. Registration is not required.
  • Saturday, Oct 17, 2015: DIY Model-T Drive-In
    Kids are invited to join us at Fairmount where we'll be using cardboard boxes to build cars in the style of the Model T. Then stick areound to watch the animated film, "The Princess & the Frog," set in the 1920's.
  • Monday, Oct 19, 2015: The Great Gatsby Open Discussion: Focus on Jay Gatsby @ Sippi's
    This will focus on the character of Jay Gatsby. Registration is not required.
  • Wednesday, Oct 21, 2015: Afternoon Classic Films- The Great Gatsby @ Eastern Ave Branch
    Join us for a screening of the 1974 film adaptation of the Great Gatsby, starring Robert Readford and Mia Farrow!
  • Saturday, Oct 24, 2015: The Great Gatsby Film Viewing & Discussion @ Eastern Ave. Branch
    Join us for a viewing of Baz Lurmann's 2013 adaptation of The Great Gatsby, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, and Tobey Maguire, followed by a discussion of the film as a representation of the novel.
  • Monday, Oct 26, 2015: Davenport in the Twenties
    6:00 at the Eastern Avenue Branch
  • Tuesday, Oct 27, 2015: The Great Gatsby Open Discussion: Gatsby in Pop Culture @ Me & Billy
    This will focus on the novel's place in pop culture. Registration is not required.

The Big Read

Immerse yourself in all things Twenties. This October, Davenport Public Library will be celebrating The Great Gatsby - the title selected for The Big Read.

Join us to talk about it! Watch the movie! Dance the Charleston! Learn about Jazz Age art! Groove to jazz melodies!

There will be:

  • Book discussions at the library, Me & Billy, Sippi's, and The Phoenix
  • Film viewings 
  • a Roaring 20's party
  • a walking tour of Jazz Age art at the Figge
  • a jazz workshop at the River Music Experience
  • a jazz concert at the River Music Experience

Big Read Keynote

Join us for a Keynote Session on F. Scott Fitzgerald and The Great Gatsby, led by Kirk Curnutt of the F. Scott Fitzgerald Society. Kirk Curnutt is professor and chair of English at Troy University's Montgomery campus in Montgomery, Alabama. He is vice-president of the F. Scott Fitzgerald Society and a board member of the Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum in Montgomery. He serves as managing editor of the Fitzgerald Society's F. Scott Fitzgerald Review, published annually by Penn State University Press, and is also a trustee of the Ernest Hemingway Foundation and Society.

Event Location: 3000 N. Fairmount Street, Davenport, IA  52804

Date: Saturday, October 3, 2015

Time: 2:00-3:00 pm


Fitzgerald Biography


More Events

  • Saturday, Oct 3, 2015: Jazz Workshop for Kids @ RME
    Bring the kids to the River Music Experience for some fun with jazz in the afternoon.
  • Sunday, Oct 4, 2015: Jazz Concert featuring the Josh Duffee Orchestra @ RME
    After the jazz workshop, there is an all-ages concert in the evening by favorite local musicians, the Josh Duffee Orchestra!

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