Discussions take place at 12pm in the Library Conference Room (in Library Administration) unless otherwise noted. Tea and refreshments are served, and participants are welcome to bring a lunch. For reminders and updates about Book Club events, follow the Library on Facebook.
The Library Book Club uses Collaborate Ultra videoconferencing software to bring distance students and faculty into our conversations. Request a link to any discussion by contacting Harold Henkel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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For the second straight year, we begin our reading season with...a film. Makala tells the story of Kasongo, a Congolese man who has dreams of purchasing a plot of land for his family. He sees his opportunity to earn money by selling charcoal from a hardwood tree that he has felled and baked in an earthen oven. Loading up the bags of charcoal onto the back of his bicycle, Kasongo sets off across treacherous roads to sell his product at market. Before returning to his village, Kasongo attends a revival service and prays for God's protection and strength. Professors of cinema Pete Fraser and Andrew Quicke will lead a discussion immediately following this thought-provoking and inspiring film.
An 1855 tale of English ecclesiastical life, this work from the author's Barsetshire series relates the humor and pathos that ensue when a kindly clergyman becomes the subject of a scandalous tabloid treatment charging him with financial impropriety. Features a cast of amusingly realistic and memorable characters, naturalistic dialogue, and consummate plotting. Professor of Literature Dr. Pete Fraser will lead our discussion. Distance students and faculty are invited to join the discussion via Collaborate Ultra.
One of Eudora Welty's most loved short stories, A Worn Path (1941) is the tale of an elderly black woman's long walk to town at Christmastime to purchase medicine for her sick grandson. According Welty, the creative stimulus for the story came from the "indelible" image of an old black woman she once saw crossing a wintry field. The theme of the story is "the deep-grained habit of love." First published in the Atlantic Monthly, A Worn Path is available free on the magazine's website. Professor of literature Dr. Michael Crews will lead our discussion. Distance students and faculty are invited to join the discussion via Collaborate Ultra.
A modern classic, Housekeeping is the story of Ruth and her younger sister, Lucille, who grow up haphazardly in a northwestern town painfully aware that "the whole of human history had occurred elsewhere." Ruth and Lucille's struggle toward adulthood beautifully illuminates the price of loss and survival, and the dangerous and deep undertow of transience. Distance students and faculty are invited to join the discussion via Collaborate Ultra.