The Pale King – BookTalk at BSC

pale-kingJoin us for BookTalk at BSC 2017!

The Pale King by David Foster Wallace

Sunday, March 5th, 1 to 3 p.m.

LEA 204 (BSC Library’s second floor conference room in LEA Hall)

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Dr. AnnMarie Kajencki, BSC English Professor, will lead the last of the three BookTalk discussions exploring the theme “The Prize That Wasn’t: 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction”.

As you work on your own income taxes, this tale of the agents at the IRS Regional Examination Center in Peoria, Illinois, will resonate. “The agents … appear ordinary to newly arrived trainee David Foster Wallace. But as he immerses himself in a routine so tedious and repetitive that new employees receive boredom-survival training, Wallace learns of the extraordinary variety of personalities drawn to this strange calling. And he has arrived at a moment when forces within the IRS are plotting to eliminate what little humanity and dignity the work still has.” — Book jacket

The Pale King was unfinished when the author died in 2008. Wallace’s editor, Michael Pietsch, pieced the book together from “hundreds and hundreds of pages of his novel in progress …” (The Pale King, Editor’s Note, p. x)

BookTalk at BSC series books are available at local libraries and from booksellers. Discussions are open to all. For more information, call 224-5450.

The 18th annual series is funded by the BSC Library and a grant from the BSC Foundation.  For more information, visit the online guide.

Presidents Day Holiday Hours

The Library will observe these hours for the Presidents Day holiday weekend:presidents-day

  • Saturday, February 18 — CLOSED
  • Sunday, February 19  —- CLOSED
  • Monday, February 20  — CLOSED

Regular hours will resume on Tuesday, February 21.

 

 

A Few Good Books for Black History Month … or Any Month of the Year

Check these out at the BSC Library!

 

Identifying Fake News

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Source: EasyBib, one of the Library’s databases. Access it here. Choose “Citations”

Swamplandia! – BookTalk at BSC

swamplandiaJoin us for BookTalk at BSC 2017!

Swamplandia! by Karen Russell

Sunday, February 5th, 1 to 3 p.m.

LEA 204 (BSC Library’s second floor conference room in LEA Hall)

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Tempe O’Kun, BSC Enrichment creative writing instructor and award-winning author, will lead the second of three BookTalk discussions exploring the theme “The Prize That Wasn’t: 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction”.

Swamplandia! is a blend of whimsy, humor and weirdness with a real feeling for its characters’ pain and longing. Set in the Florida Everglades, it tells the story of young Ava Bigtree and her family who own an alligator theme park, Swamplandia! 

Author Karen Russell, is one of 24 recipients of the $625,000 MacArthur Fellowship, the so-called Genius Award. She was cited for her “haunting yet comic tales that blend fantastical elements with psychological realism.”

BookTalk at BSC series books are available at local libraries and from booksellers. Discussions are open to all. For more information, call 224-5450.

The 18th annual series is funded by the BSC Library and a grant from the BSC Foundation.  For more information, visit the online guide.

Mudbound – The Book, The Film

mudboundIt’s exciting to see that Hillary Jordan’s debut novel, Mudbound, has been made into a film that’s getting lots of buzz at Sundance!

We read Mudbound for BookTalk at BSC 2011, “What Divides Us.” It is a great read and winner of the 2006 Bellwether Prize for Fiction. Set on a cotton farm in the Mississippi Delta in the late 1940s, we see a world of racism, prejudice, poverty, and hardship through the eyes of six characters, who take turns narrating the story.

Barbara Kingsolver, the founder of the Bellwether Prize, said this of Hillary Jordan’s book, “Her characters walked straight out of 1940s Mississippi and into the part of my brain where sympathy and anger and love reside, leaving my heart racing.  They are with me still.”

Re-read Mudbound or read it for the first time and get ready to see the movie on the big screen!

You can find both print and ebook copies of Mudbound at the BSC Library.  Check them out!

Wondering What’s New at the Library?

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To see the latest additions to the collection,

click on What’s New at the Library

For previous Featured Arrival lists, click here

Good reading!