Tuesday, March 3, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

Reformed Readers, Market Square’s book discussion group, will read and engage John Pitkin’s novel entitled Woodsburner.  The novel is set around an actual event – the accidental burning of 300 acres of woodlands by Henry David Thoreau in 1844 in Concord, MA.  The fictionalized characters Pitkin creates cause us to take a look at ourselves even as the thoughts of Thoreau are teased out of the action for our consideration.  


Woodsburner is Pitkin’s first novel for which he won the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize. And, in 

reviewing the book, Doris Kearns Goodwin used Ralph Waldo Emerson’s early salute to Walt Whitman, saying to Pitkin, “I greet you at the beginning of a great career.”


Reformed Readers meets Tuesday, March 3, 2020, at 7:00 p.m. in the church library.  Tom Sweet and Paul Whitman, both Thoreau enthusiasts, will guide the discussion.  A few copies of the book will be available on the book cart at church or you may order it from your favorite bookseller. Please note that while the book is easily obtainable on Kindle, hardback and paperback copies are a little harder to procure and you may need to order a used copy from a bookseller such as Alibris, Amazon, or Barnes and Noble.


About MSPC Reformed Readers:  Participants read and discuss contemporary or classic fiction and non-fiction books that reflect the issues and problems facing our community and the world-at-large.  Participation in some or all of the discussions (about 4 times a year) is open to those who have read the book or those who are interested in the topic or author. For more information, talk with Jonelle Darr 497-2385 or email


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20 S. 2nd Street, Harrisburg, PA 17101

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