Become acquainted with acclaimed author Anne Tyler this fall in Westlake

Case Western Reserve University's Off-Campus Studies program will study three of Anne Tyler’s works this fall, Sept. 28 to Nov. 16, 10-11:30 a.m., at Westlake United Methodist Church, 27650 Center Ridge Road. The leader-teacher will be Phyllis Asnien.

Pulitzer Prize winner Anne Tyler has written, “I am addicted to the sensation of living lives I would not experience in reality.” Tyler, 75, has been a published author for more than 50 years, enjoying both critical acclaim and commercial success. The author’s "Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant" is a funny, wise tale of a family who keeps trying to get it “right.” Tyler’s 20th novel, "A Spool of Blue Thread," is an example of her quirky, crackling wit. The third book we will be reading for the course is "Breathing Lessons," an earlier book which won a Pulitzer Prize.

Phyllis Asnien is a professor emerita of humanities at Lakeland Community College. She has taught music, art, literature and drama and is a published poet and recitalist.

The Case Off-Campus Studies program is offered in collaboration with the Association for Continuing Education (ACE). These book-discussion courses are eight weeks long and meet for 1.5 hours per class in locations throughout greater Cleveland. There are no written assignments or exams, but rather the classes provide an open environment for lively discussion based on meaningful examination of shared texts. Leader-teachers facilitate discussion and provide academic background and context. The fee for each course is $82 for Lifelong Learning members, $97 for non-members (details on the website).

For questions, feel free to call one of the co-coordinators, Sandra Berendt, 440-892-4931, or Joan Grace, 440-777-9381. Register online at (click on Courses and browse by location), or call 216-368-2090.

Joan Grace

Co-coordinator for Case Off-Campus Studies in Westlake.

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