Great Books Council of San Francisco

Long Novel Weekend

Each year the Council devotes a weekend to a single long work of fiction. We usually schedule the Long Novel Weekend to occur in the late summer at Vallombrosa Retreat Center in Menlo Park. In 2014, the event will take place at Vallombrosa on September 13-14.

This year we will discuss The Man Without Qualities, Volume 1, by Robert Musil. For further information about the 2014 Long Novel Weekend, including a flyer and mail-in registration form, please click here, or to register online for the event, please click here (and then click the Register Now button).


Mark your calendar! Next year's 2015 Long Novel Weekend has now been scheduled. It will take place on August 29-30, 2015. We will discuss George Eliot's novel Middlemarch.

Long novel weekends in the recent past have featured discussions of Moby Dick; David Copperfield; Look Homeward, Angel; The Magic Mountain; Vanity Fair; The Cairo Trilogy; The Sound and the Fury; Sons and Lovers; Anna Karenina; Parade's End; and Crime and Punishment.

For more information about the Long Novel Weekend, please contact event coordinator Louise DiMattio at (415) 587-0398 or

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