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Posted on: November 16, 2020

One Book Belvedere




We are happy to announce that Belvedere resident Carol Benet has offered to facilitate pro bono our first One Book Belvedere program, for which participants will be reading “Caste – The Origins of Our Discontents,” by Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Isabel Wilkerson. The program is open to all. If you are interested in taking part, please rsvp to


Carol Benet, drama and arts critic for the ARK newspaper, is also a well-known leader of book study groups throughout the Bay Area. She has taught and lectured at the University of California, Berkeley, as well as other colleges and universities.  With a B.A. in English, M.A. in French Literature, and Ph.D. in Comparative Literature --  and, as an author herself --  Carol will invite critical thinking and fresh perspectives on the writer’s craft, as well as the provocative content of this timely book.


A live event will be hosted for all participants on February 7, 2021. The venue will depend on the number of participants, the status of COVID-19 gatherings, and possibly the weather. Meanwhile, just curl up in a warm place, and begin reading.  You can purchase the book at any bookstore, or on Amazon here.


We look forward to taking this literary journey together.  Come join us!


Nancy Kemnitzer

Click here for study questions for "Caste, The Origins of Our Discontents," by Isabel Wilkerson. Carol Benet, Facilitator.







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