Book Oblivion 2021

Book Oblivion offers online literature and philosophy courses and reading groups to curious readers living all over the world. Book Oblivion 2021 includes 30 short lectures + 90 minute live discussions, 27 authors, 12 books, 5 instructors, and 1 dynamic global reading community.


Want to read literature and philosophy with people all over the world?

Book Oblivion Members

Book Oblivion Members make up a dynamic community of readers with exclusive access to live online mini courses taught by five different instructors. 

Members have full access to every course and conversation and the group forum.

 All courses are interactive and welcome participant interaction. We sequence these conversations throughout the year so that anyone desiring to read all 12 books can participate and keep up with the reading.

If participants are unable to attend the live online lectures and discussions, they will still have a chance to learn more about the readings by watching the recording which will be available within 48 hours of the live event.

The community forum continues the conversation all month long.

Below you will find an overview of what we offer followed by a reading schedule. 

Courses and Conversations

  • African American Literature and Jazz (5 sessions)
  • Reading The Iliad (6 sessions)
  • Reading The Odyssey (6 sessions)
  • Reading William Blake (5 sessions)
  • Money in the Making (3 sessions)
  • Foucault’s Pendulum (2 sessions)
  • Midnight’s Children (2 sessions)
  • The Birth and Death of Meaning (1 session)

Live talks

We host one live talk a month or season for each reading group. Participants unable to attend are able to watch the recording after.

Community Forum

We connect in our community forum, posting articles, sharing thoughts, and staying engaged with the books and each other.

supplemental resources

Articles, videos, reading guides, podcasts and more, including specific reading strategies to aid comprehension.

Reading schedules

Read along with our community by sticking to the recommended pages for each book that are broken down by week, month, and season.

Frequently Asked Questions

Book Oblivion is a global online community of readers who are passionate about literature and philosophy. We trace the way ideas connect to each other and over time through reading literature, philosophy, art, and rhetorics. Many of us are academics gone rogue. We are here to nerd out over books and ideas, ask questions, and grow intellectually. 

Participants enroll from all over the world, including the United States, Spain, Australia, Hong Kong, India, Canada, United Kingdom, Mexico, and more. Most participants are college graduates, but this is not a requirement. Several participants are retired, some are working professionals, others are graduate students, or some are stay at home parents. The only requirement is a humble, intellectual curiosity and a desire to connect with others over books.

Most live talks happen on Saturdays from 4:00-6:00pm Eastern Time. This year we will offer two six week courses on Thursday evenings at 6:00pm Eastern Time.

Anyone unable to attend live will have access to the recordings within 48 hours. 

Jessica launched Book Oblivion with a desire to rescue books from oblivion and return them to the center of culture and conversation. We work really hard to create space and time for these conversations to take place and are often one of the only intellectual outlets for our participants. One of the greatest gifts of this community is given when participants move geographic locations. Despite relocating every aspect of their lives, they maintain the community connection with participants in Book Oblivion. 

Conversations take place in English, but we have participants reading in languages from all over the world. Discussions on translation choices make things really interesting. 

Jessica receives book lists from each instructor and arranges the readings for the year based on several factors, including participant feedback, accessibility of each text, and the overall schedule. Each instructor leads discussions based on their passions, expertise, and familiarity with the authors, books, or subjects. 

Our book selections focus on several themes: 

  • Critical Theory and Philosophy
  • Himalayas of Literature
  • In Search of Lost Time
  • Reading Beyond Murakami
  • Reading With Wonder
  • The Craft of Writing 

Participants can join for $39/month or $397/year. 

You can enroll by becoming a Book Oblivion Member and you can cancel at any time. You’ll click on Join Now and decide if you want to enroll monthly or yearly.  

You can join our newsletter to find out more about Book Oblivion and receive updates on our reading community. 

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