Short Story Book Group: The Swimmer (SOLD OUT)

Tuesday, October 3, 2023

There is no charge to attend. Reservations are required.

Please note this is a book discussion without the author present.


Each moderated group will focus on an award-winning short story. Participants should have read the story and come ready to discuss. Whether new to short stories or an avid reader of them, this group will offer an opportunity to engage in meaningful conversations about literature and connect with other book enthusiasts.

Short Story: The Swimmer by John Cheever

Neddy Merrill decides to swim home from a friend’s pool party, traveling from fashionable swimming pool to swimming pool on a perfect mid-summer’s day. But as night falls and the season begins to change, Neddy sinks from optimistic bliss to utter despair.

Moderator: Margaret Wilesmith

Margaret Wilesmith is a senior brand strategist, award-winning copywriter and the founder of Wilesmith Advertising | Design, where she served as President and Chief Creative Director from 1998 to 2018. She earned her Master of Science degree in Strategic Communications from Columbia University in New York City and her Master of Arts in Creative Writing at London’s Birkbeck University. She has been an associate at Columbia University Graduate School of Professional Studies, an adjunct professor at California State University, Los Angeles’ College of Business and Economics, a guest lecturer at New York University Graduate School of Professional Studies and is currently an Adjunct Professor at Palm Beach Atlantic University’s School of the Arts. She is the author of Too Good To Eat: Beautiful Food Packaging from Around the World and is a founding director of the Palm Beach Book Festival. Margaret divides her time between London and Palm Beach and is working on a collection of short stories, and a TV script entitled “Not Dead Yet.”


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