Join us as we travel to far-flung places – Colombia, Haiti, Myanmar, Sierra Leone – in Ben Fountain’s Brief Encounters with Che Guevara. Many of these brave and often darkly comic stories feature well-intentioned Americans, caught in political and social upheavals, trying to redress global wrongs. The New York Times says, “Each of these eight stories is as rich as a novel… heartbreaking, absurd, deftly drawn… Fountain makes the strange familiar and the familiar strange, showing the human factor that links seemingly diverse nations.” We will discuss two or three stories each class, beginning with “Near-Extinct Birds of the Central Cordillera” and “Rêve Haitien.” Brief Encounters with Che Guevara, winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award, is available in multiple formats: e-book, audiobook, and hardcover. Come join us in a golf tournament – the Myanmar Peace and Enlightened Leadership Cup – or help us smuggle paintings out of Haiti to help fund a revolution!


Dolores Salvo

Dolores has a BS in Education, Mathematics and English from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, an MA in English from the University of Pittsburgh and an MSEd from Duquesne University. Dolores taught math and English at a suburban high school near Pittsburgh before serving as Supervisor of Mathematics for the district. She has conducted workshops and seminars in math pedagogy and educational software at the national, state and regional levels. Dolores runs the Celebration Duplicate Bridge Club which meets Thursdays at Celebration Town Hall.