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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!

Going After Cacciato – BookTalk at BSC

Dr. AnnMarie Kajencki, Professor of English, will lead the discussion of Going after Cacciato by Tim O’Brien. This is the final discussion in the BookTalk at BSC 2016 series. We will gather on Sunday, March 6, from 1-3 p.m. in 204 LEA Hall.

Going_after_Cacciato2In a blend of reality and fantasy, this novel tells the story of a young soldier who one day lays down his rifle and sets off on a quixotic journey from the jungles of Indochina to the streets of Paris. In its memorable evocation of men both fleeing from and meeting the demands of battle, Going after Cacciato stands as much more than just a great war novel. Ultimately it’s about the forces of fear and heroism that do battle in the hearts of us all.”  (Source: Amazon description)

Going after Cacciato won the National Book Award for Fiction in 1979.

For more information, check out the BookTalk guide.

BookTalk is free & open to all and is supported by the BSC Library and the BSC Foundation.

Join us!  Bring a friend … or two.

Matterhorn – BookTalk at BSC

MatterhornVietnam: War Stories – BookTalk at BSC 2016

BookTalk at BSC, the Library’s annual book discussion series, continues with a discussion of Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes on Sunday, February 7.  Dr. Perry Hornbacher, Professor of History, will lead the discussion in LEA Hall, Room 204, from 1 to 3 p.m.

Matterhorn is an epic war novel about what it is like to be a young man at war. Set during the winter monsoon of 1968-69, it recounts the experiences of a Marine lieutenant and his company, who are dropped as boys into the mountain jungle and forced to fight their way to manhood.  It is a story of courage, camaraderie, and sacrifice.  

Whether you’ve read the book or not, finished it or not, join us.  BookTalk discussions are interesting, fun, free, and open to all.  Bring a friend … or two!

You will be home in plenty of time for the Super Bowl.

For more information, check out this guide.  BookTalk is funded by the BSC Library and a grant from the BSC Foundation.

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eBook of the Week

Wild: from Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl StrayedWild

In 1995, with her life falling apart, 22-year-old Cheryl Strayed decided to walk the Pacific Crest Trail. Solo. Her memoir of that experience, Wild: from Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, was first published in 2011 and became a #1 New York Times bestseller. The film adaptation (starring Reese Witherspoon) was released in December and is currently playing at the Grand.

Wild is a terrific read and also the second book in the BookTalk at BSC 2015 “Road Trip” series. Join us for the discussion!

  • When & Where: Sunday, February 1, 1-3 p.m., BSC Library
  • Discussion Leader: Dr. Janelle Masters, recently retired BSC Dean of Academic Affairs and a self-described “recovering English teacher”

For more information about the “Road Trip” series and BookTalk, take a look at our LibGuide.

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