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October 2022
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Visiting Author Jason Mott
On Thursday, October 13, 2022, SAS proudly presents Jason Mott, author of last year's National Book Award Winner, Hell of a Book (2021). The novel's narrator is an unnamed Black author who is on a cross-country publicity tour to promote his bestselling debut novel. Along the way, he converses with an imaginary ever-present youngster, "the Kid." Interwoven in this plotline, is the heart-wrenching tale of a rural Southern boy called "Soot" because of his dark complexion. With magical realism, sardonic humor, and a converging narrative, this masterful fiction addresses themes of racism, police violence, love, money, and the experience of growing up Black in America.

At 1 pm, Mott himself will moderate a book group in Author-Led Book Discussion (Course 11520). Class size is limited for this bespoke event.

At 7 pm, Mott returns for a community-wide Author Visit (Course 11521). In conversation with cultural historian Lori Rotskoff, Mott will discuss his career as a writer of fiction and poetry with time reserved for audience Q&A. Please note that the evening program will be recorded and made available to all registered students.

**SHS students may attend the evening program free of charge and should email from their school email account to receive the Zoom link.**
Catalog Additions
The following courses have been added to the catalog and are open for registration:

Art Appreciation
  • Walking Tour: Artist Studio Visit with Brian Rutenberg (11547)
  • Walking Tour: The Tudors, Art and Majesty in Renaissance England at the Met (11555)
  • Beginner Canasta (11554) -- new section added
  • Bridge: 2 Over 1 Bidding (11556)
  • Bridge: Opening Leads and Defensive Signals (11557)
  • Bridge: Taking More Tricks in Suit Contracts (11558)

History and Culture
  • Past and Present Jews of Italy (11550)

  • Beginner Italian (11548) -- new section added
  • Conversational Italian and Book Discussion (11549)

  • Book Discussion: The Foundling (2022) by Ann Leary (11553)
  • Book Discussion: Take My Hand (2022) by Dolen Perkins-Valdez (11552)

Music Appreciation
  • Pianist Cristiana Pegoraro in Concert (11551)

Please also note that Beginner Bridge (11309) and Acting and Improv (11430) which ordinarily meet at Scarsdale High School will instead meet at Scarsdale Public Library in the evening of Wednesday, October 12, 2022, for that night only.
Classes Starting in the Next Two Weeks
All class listings are for the Eastern Time Zone. Course numbers appear in parentheses.
Week of October 9, 2022
  • Great World's Fairs: Paris 1889 and 1900 and Brussels 1897 (11351)

Art Appreciation
  • Masterpieces of Western Art: Origins of the Italian Renaissance (11329)
  • Walking Tour: Bowery Boogie, Downtown Art Scene (11339)
  • Giotto and the Moderns (11320)
  • Walking Tour: The Met Cloisters (11335)
Arts & Crafts
  • Deep Dive into Drawing (11476)
  • Watercolor Painting (11407)
  • Watercolor Painting for Beginners and Beyond (11484)
  • Drawing Flowers with Watercolor Pencils (11531)

  • Beginner Bridge (11307)
  • Beginner Plus Bridge (11311)
  • Bridge: Supervised Play (11444)
  • Intermediate Bridge (11305)
  • Beginner Chess (11527)
  • Let's Play Mah Jongg: Beginner Series (11437)
  • Let's Play Mah Jongg: Supervised Play (11439)

Health and Wellness
  • Memory and Brainpower Workshop (11497)

History and Culture
  • Who Was King David? (11478)

  • Intermediate French (11493)
  • Beginner Italian (11548)
  • Conversational Italian and Book Discussion (11549)
Literature and Film
  • Book Discussion: The Foundling (2022) by Ann Leary (11553)
  • BookTalk with Harriet Sobol: The Transit of Venus (1980) by Shirley Hazzard (11393)
  • Reading Contemporary Novels: New Voices in Historical Fiction (11419)
  • Artistry Behind the Film: The Power of the Dog (2021) (11370)
  • Author-Led Book Discussion: Jason Mott, Hell of a Book (2021) (11520)
  • Author Visit: Jason Mott, Hell of a Book (2021) (11521)
  • Catching Up with the Classics: Daisy Miller (1879) by Henry James (11385)
  • Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure (11415)
  • William Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury (1929) and Light In August (1932) (11416)

Performing Arts
  • Learn to Play the Guitar (11446)

Personal Finance, Aging, Retirement Planning
  • Navigating Social Security and Medicare (11460)
Week of October 16, 2022
  • Walking Tour: Hotels, Churches, and Mansions of Midtown Fifth Avenue (11341)
  • Great World's Fairs: Philadelphia 1876 and Chicago 1893 (11350)
  • Walking Tour: Philip Johnson's Glass House in New Canaan, CT (1:30 pm: 11485 and 1:50 pm: 11486)

Art Appreciation
  • William Henry Jackson, Pioneer Photographer of the American West (11432)

Cooking & Baking

  • Introduction to Duplicate Bridge (11304)
  • Beginner Canasta (Tuesday mornings: 11356 and Wednesday mornings: 11554)
  • Canasta: Supervised Play (11357)

History and Culture
  • History of Jews in Ukraine, a Personal Story (11458)
  • Artistry Behind the Film: La La Land (2016) (11371)
  • Author Visit: Letty Cottin Pogrebin, Shanda: A Memoir of Shame and Secrecy (2022) -- (General Admission plus Book Purchase: 11453; General Admission Only: 11452)
  • Author-Led Book Discussion: S.W. Leicher, Acts of Atonement (2022) (11515)

  • Editing Photos with Your iPhone (11475)
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Catalog of Fall Classes
All upcoming classes are listed in our Printer-Friendly, Interactive Version of our Fall 2022 Catalog. New classes are added regularly.

Class times are for the Eastern Time Zone. Please check regularly for additional options to keep you engaged and learning, whether from the comforts of home or through our expanding number of in-person options.
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