The Pickwick Book Club is a community of local bookworms, students, and teachers who meet monthly to discuss a nineteenth-century novel. Join us each month for conversations about the novel and guest speaker presentations to help us contextualize our readings.

Date Readings Discussion Topics Guest
September 9 Our Mutual Friend:
Book I: The Cup and the Lip
Introduction to the novel Renee Fox, Co-Director of the Dickens Project
October 14 Our Mutual Friend:
Book II: Birds of a Feather
Embodiment in the Victorian novel Sienna Ballou, Ph.D. Candidate in Literature, UC Santa Cruz
November 11

Our Mutual Friend:
Book III: A Long Lane

What did you find? Wendy Martyna, retired UCSC instructor in Psychology, Sociology, Literature, and the Core Courses.

Group Outings:

January 13

Our Mutual Friend:
Book IV: A Turning

  • Discussion Questions
  • Audio Recording
February 10 Barnaby Rudge:
Chapters I-XVII
March 10 Barnaby Rudge:
April 14 Barnaby Rudge:
Chapters XXXIV-L
May 12 Barnaby Rudge:
Chapters LI-LXVII
June 9 Barnaby Rudge: