“A book, too, can be a star, ‘explosive material, capable of stirring up fresh life endlessly,’ a living ﬁre to lighten the darkness, leading out into the expanding universe.” —Later Bloomer Madeleine L’Engle
I’ve always wanted to create a Later Bloomer Book Club. It’s finally a reality!
I’ve found a special online space that will act as a classroom and discussion circle for us. More on that later.
Our first book will be It’s Never Too Late To Begin Again: Discovering Creativity and Meaning in Midlife and Beyond by Julia Cameron, author of The Artist’s Way. It’s a twelve-chapter “course” that will help us define and create the midlife we want as we redefine and recreate ourselves.
Julia calls groups that work through her books together creative clusters. She doesn’t certify teachers or leaders. She believes that
“creative recovery at its best is a nonhierarchical, peer-run, collective process. Creative clusters…are best regarded as tribal gatherings, where creative beings raise, celebrate, and actualize the creative power which runs through us all.”
So I’ll be working the process right along with you.
In the future, I hope we can also read some great fiction by Later Bloomers, such as
- Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne
- The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler
- Dracula by Bram Stoker
- Must Love Dogs by Claire Cook
- The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
- Watership Down by Richard Adams
- A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
These books and many more were written by people like us—who raised families, held day jobs, experienced joy and hardship—yet found ways to create a timeless gift for the future.
What You Need to Know to Join the Book Club
We’ll be meeting on a platform called Teachable, where I’ll post supplementary materials for discussion.
You’ll need to “enroll” and I’ll ask for your email, but only use it to remind you when a new chapter comes out.
After you enroll, you’ll receive a welcome email with a link you can save.
You’ll definitely need a copy of It’s Never Too Late to Begin Again.
The Book Club is completely free! You can participate as much or as little as you want.
So, without further ado, head on over to the Book Club and poke around by clicking the button below.
If it looks good, just enroll and introduce yourself. Hope to see you there!