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Monday March 3rd, 2014


An informal consideration of some highly selective examples of so-called “popular” fiction which inevitably share certain themes. The books will be Robert Crais, Free Fall (1993), James Lee Burke Black Cherry Blues (1989), Alice Munro Something I’ve Been Meaning to Tell You (stories, 1974), Elmore Leonard, Out of Sight (1996), and John Grisham The Firm (1991). Grisham’s story is lengthy, Burke’s is somber and reflective, and Munro speaks with many voices. We’ll share our first impressions, enthusiasms, and serious responses to (stereo)types of character, pace, and event. Prospective sources for the books may include: local book stores (new and used), the Windsor Public Library, Essex County Library, libraries of friends, bazaars and thrift shops…you never know. In the tradition of a book club, reading the novel prior to each session will increase your enjoyment and ability to participate in the class. Sessions will be conducted every other week to allow ample time to read the books.

#1: “Free Fall” by Robert Crais
#2: “Black Cherry Blues” by James Lee Burke
#3: “Something I’ve Been Meaning to Tell You” by Alice Munro
#4: “Out of Sight” by Elmore Leonard
#5: “The Firm” by John Grisham

Instructor: Louis K. MacKendrick
Dr. MacKendrick taught English at the University of Windsor from 1971 to 2000 where he is Professor Emeritus. His principal teaching areas were Canadian Literature and composition. He has published many reviews, a number of articles and several monographs. He has published many reviews, a number of articles and several monographs. His interests include model railroading, golf and camping.

Canterbury ElderCollege provides learning opportunities for older adults (55+) who wish to enrich their lifestyle through active involvement, education and contribute to the social and cultural development of their communities.

Where: St. Matthews Anglican Church (1600 Norfolk Ave., Windsor)

When: March 3, 17, 31 April 14, 28 10:00am – 12:00pm

Course Fees: $45 + HST

To register, or for further details, please visit Canterbury ElderCollege’s website: or call us at 519-253-3000 x 4944


St. Matthew's Church
1600 Norfolk Avenue
Windsor, Ontario

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