Gentrain Great Books Discussion Group

We will take a break through June and begin our discussions again on July 6 discussing Faulkner's Light in August. We will begin with Chapters 1-3. If you want to take a break for the summer, join us again in late September when we will begin to discuss Tolstoy's War and Peace.  If you wish to join our group and be put on the mailing list for future readings, please contact Gerry Kapolka at

Who? This group is designed for bibliophiles, the sort whose best friends are books and those who love talking about them. Gentrain Society Members are welcome. The only requirement is that you do the reading before seminar and engage in the conversation. Participation may be capped by the leader.

Why? Because life is short. So many books, so little time. Therefore, why not read the best?

Readings for 2022:

Gerry Kapolka received his undergraduate degree from St. John's College with its Great Books program. After studying for a year at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland, he went on to receive his Ph.D. in Slavic languages and literatures from The University of Chicago. He has taught English, World literature, and general humanities at Rhode Island College, St. Mary's College in Michigan, MPC, Wagner College, and Rutgers University. For the past 23 years he has taught English at Santa Catalina School, serving eventually as Chair of the English department and Dean of Academics. He retired in June, 2018 and spent the winter semester as a senior lecturer at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow. He has published three book length translations of Polish literature and numerous articles, book reviews, and translations in a variety of academic journals and anthologies.

For a full article on Gerry, read the March 2021 Conductor (page 2).