BookTalk at BSC 2014

Readers are a hardy bunch! Despite the extreme cold on Sunday, January 5, we had a great turnout for our first discussion in the BookTalk at BSC 2014 series, as well as lively conversation about The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.  Janelle Masters, our discussion leader, kept things going and challenged us with some great questions and observations.

BookTalk continues with …

People of the book People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks

  Discussion: Sunday, February 2, 1 to 3 p.m., BSC Library

  Discussion leader: Kim Crowley, BSC Assistant Professor English

  This book is widely available from booksellers and can be checked out from libraries.

About the book

When Geraldine Brooks started this writing project, her intention was to write a nonfiction book about the censorship of Hebrew books in Venice during the 17th century. As she delved into the project, she decided her idea would make better fiction. Inspired by a true story, People of the Book focuses on a single Hebrew text, the Sarajevo Haggadah, a beautifully illuminated Hebrew manuscript created in Spain during the 14th century.

In the story, Hanna Heath, an Australian rare book expert, is called upon to do some conservation work on the priceless Sarajevo Haggadah. In doing so, she finds a series of tiny artifacts in the ancient binding — a fragment of an insect wing, wine stains, salt crystals, and a white hair. The author imagines the book’s journey through five centuries and shows how the haggadah survives through the expulsion of Jews from Spain, the Inquisition in Italy, and the upheaval of World War II.

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