The Great Books Discussion Group has announced its reading list for the first portion of 2015. The group meets at 7 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of each month in the meeting room of the Old Metairie Branch Library, 2350 Metairie Road, Metairie.

Each session is free of charge and is open to the public. Registration is not required. Coming sessions are:

DEC. 2: “Origins of Government,” by Thomas Hobbes

DEC. 16: “Billy Budd, Sailor,” by Herman Melville

JAN. 6: “Wealth of Nations,” by Adam Smith

JAN. 20: “Antony and Cleopatra,” by William Shakespeare

FEB. 3: “The Knight of Faith,” by Soren Kierkegaard

MARCH 3: “The Persian Wars,” by Herodotus

MARCH 17: “Of Civil Government,” by John Locke

APRIL 7: “Gulliver’s Travels,” by Jonathan Swift

APRIL 21: “Civil Disobedience,” by Henry David Thoreau

Jim Cagle leads the discussions. The Jefferson Parish Libraries contain all of the works needed for discussion.

The Great Books Foundation is dedicated to helping people learn how to think and share ideas by educating them to become participants in, leaders of and advocates for the concept of “shared inquiry.” Through text-based discussion, shared inquiry strengthens critical thinking and civil discourse, promotes reading and the appreciation of literature, and provides people of all ages with a powerful instrument for social engagement and lifelong learning.

AUTHOR EVENT: In “New Orleans Homes at Christmas,” author Bonnie Warren and photographer Cheryl Gerber highlight the elaborate decorations, history, public festivities and exclusive gatherings of yuletide. From réveillon dinners to family repasts, readers view photographs and profiles of homes in the Garden District, English Turn, Esplanade Ridge, the French Quarter and Uptown. They will discuss their work at 7 p.m Tuesday, Dec. 2, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon, Metairie.

AFFORDABLE CARE ACT: Enrollment for the Affordable Care Act is underway, and navigators from the South East Louisiana Area Education Center will be available to help patrons enroll and to answer questions, in Spanish or in English, at 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 8, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon, Metairie. The workshop is free and open to the public.

AUTHOR EVENT: The history of Prohibition and Christmas cocktails will be among the topics when Marvin J. Allen discusses his book “Magic in a Shaker” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 9, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon, Metairie. Allen is the bar manager and bartender at the Hotel Monteleone’s Carousel Bar. Voted New Orleans Magazine’s Bartender of the Year in 2005, Allen has been behind the counter for more than 20 years and won the 2010 CityBusiness Culinary Connoisseur award.

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