Invitation Fall Hopework Book Discussion Group
From: Lynn Englund (
Date: Sat, 6 Sep 2014 08:39:57 -0700 (PDT)
Dear Hopework friends,

John and I are excited to announce a new Hopework book discussion group 
starting Sunday, September 28 and meeting every other week through December 
7th. The group will discuss Barbara Kingsolver’s novel, Flight Behavior at our 
home (map) from 3:00 - 5:30 PM followed by an optional potluck supper. 
Registration is limited to 10 participants (with the option for a second group 
to form on another day of the week should demand be great enough).  

We chose the novel Flight Behavior for the discussion group because of its 
focus on climate change and the various views and agendas that are represented. 
In the novel, a large monarch butterfly population makes an unprecedented and 
potentially calamitous move by shifting their wintering grounds from Mexico, 
where winters had become too warm, to Tennessee, which could threaten their 
survival should temperatures plunge too low. As Kingsolver’s characters respond 
to their new monarch neighbors, topics centered around climate change are 
explored, including why different people hold different beliefs about it and 
attach different importance to it, and why it is difficult for people to talk 
about these differences. The book invites us to appreciate diverse human 
experience and points of view, and the ability of media to influence them. We 
think it will lead to a wonderful discussion and story sharing among 

Kingsolver explained how she got the idea for the novel saying, 
I had really wanted to write about the subject for a long time. I live in 
southern Appalachia. I am surrounded by neighbors and friends, people I respect 
very much, who don't really understand climate change or believe in it. Even 
though, as farmers, they're getting socked by it.... I was just looking for the 
right way to get into the subject. And one morning, I just woke up with this 
vision in my eyes of millions of butterflies covering the forest behind my 
house. I just, I mean, I didn't actually see it. I imagined it. (NPR Science 
Friday interview). 

John and I are charging $30 for all six sessions. To make this group affordable 
to all, we are asking those who can afford more to include a scholarship with 
their registration so that those who can afford less can participate. Should 
more scholarship funds be collected than needed, they will be retained for 
future scholarships and will not increase the compensation of the facilitators. 

Details can be found on Hopework’s Web site at Participants will have an opportunity to 
share ideas for Hopework’s future offerings and provide input on the book 
discussion format.  

This new offering will take the place of Hopework’s traditional monthly circle 
and supper meetings. You are welcome to share this invitation with a friend who 
might be interested and encourage them to register before the group fills.

Please email or call (Lynn - 612-710-7287) with any questions. We look forward 
to seeing you again soon!

Lynn and John

Hopework LLC
2650 University Ave W #315
Saint Paul, MN 5114-1926
612-710-7287 (Lynn)
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