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BookTalk at BSC – Men We Reaped

BookTalk at BSC 2018 will conclude with a discussion of Men We Reaped: A Memoir by Jesmyn Ward, a two-time winner of the National Book Award for Fiction.  In this memoir, Jesmyn Ward tells her own story of poverty and oppression interspersed with chapters focusing on the lives (and deaths) of five young men she grew up with in southern Mississippi.

When: Sunday, March 4, 1 to 3 p.m.

Where: LEA 204, the Library’s conference room on the second floor of LEA Hall

Discussion Leader: Dr. AnnMarie Kajencki, BSC Professor of English

For more details, see the online guide. BookTalk at BSC is free and open to all.

Join us! It’s fun.

 

 

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Sunday, February 4 – Books & Football

Are you ready for BookTalk at BSC on Sunday?

We’ll be talking about The Round House by Louise Erdrich from 1 to 3 p.m. in LEA 204, the Library’s second floor conference room in LEA Hall. Find out more about it in the online guide.

Are you ready for some football?

BookTalk will be done in plenty of time for Super Bowl LII when the Philadelphia Eagles and the New England Patriots vie for the NFL championship. Read up on the history of the Super Bowl here

 

BookTalk at BSC Continues on February 4

North Dakotans are rightfully proud of Louise Erdrich, the award-winning, internationally acclaimed author of 16 novels as well as several children’s books, volumes of poetry, and a memoir of early motherhood. Erdrich grew up in Wahpeton and is a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa.

At our next BookTalk discussion, we will be talking about Erdrich’s book, The Round House, which won the National Book Award in 2012.

Sunday, February 4, 2018 — 1 to 3 p.m.

Michael R. Tomanek, Discussion leader

LEA 204, the Library’s 2nd floor conference room

Explore the online guide for more information about the book, the author, and BookTalk 2018.

 

Join us … even if you haven’t read (or haven’t finished) the book. Bring a friend, too!

 

 

 

BookTalk at BSC 2018

BookTalk at BSC 2018 kicks off on Sunday, January 7. You are invited! Bring a friend … or two.

Explore the online guide for information about the books, the authors, and our discussion leaders; video interviews and conversations with the authors; reading recommendations; and a place to submit your own comments & feedback.


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.

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.

BookTalk & Visiting Writers Series – Sunday, March 6

The days are just packed!

On Sunday, March 6, our 2016 BookTalk at BSC series, “Vietnam: War Stories,” will conclude with a discussion of Going After Cacciato by Tim O’Brien. Dr. AnnMarie Kajencki, Professor of English, will lead that discussion from 1 to 3 p.m. in LEA 204, the Library’s conference room.

After BookTalk, head to the Basin Electric Auditorium at the NECE for the Visiting Writers Series.

Check it all out … BookTalk at BSC and the Visiting Writers Series event!