The Book of Dead Birds – BookTalk at BSC – Sunday, March 6

The final discussion in the 2011 BookTalk at BSC discussion series is coming up!  Please join us:

  • The Book of Dead Birds by Gayle Brandeis
  • Sunday, March 6, 2011, 1-3 p.m.
  • Discussion leader: Suzanne Kramer-Brenna
  • BSC Library

Discussions are free and open to all.  Refreshments will be served.

For more information, check out the BookTalk LibGuide or call us at 224-5450.

See you soon!

The Space Between Us – BookTalk at BSC

On Sunday, February 6, Dr. AnnMarie Kajencki will lead the second discussion in our 2011 BookTalk at BSC series. 

Our theme this year is “What Divides Us.”  Join us as we continue to explore, through literature, our differences and our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.

On February 6, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the BSC Library, we will be talking about The Space Between Us by Thrity Umrigar.  

In this bestselling novel, the author looks at life in two Bombay households, and shows how India, even now, is ruled by class and social structure, firmly rooted in tradition and the perceived difference between the sexes.  One example of that is the relationship between Sera Dubash, an upper-class Parsi homemaker, and her servant, Bhima. Though they may share a cup of tea and chat like close friends, Sera sits in a chair while Bhima sits on the floor. Yet, even though class separates the women, they are united in their treatment at the hands of men, who consider all women inferior.

Joy Humphrey, in a Library Journal review, wrote that “Umrigar beautifully and movingly wends her way through the complexities and subtleties of these … relationships.” 

The Space Between Us is a very good book and will make for a great discussion!

For more information about BookTalk, check out the LibGuide or call us at 224.5450.

See you on February 6!

Mudbound by Hillary Jordan – BookTalk at BSC

 Join us for the first discussion in our 2011 BookTalk at BSC series: 

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Discussion of Mudbound by Hillary Jordan

Discussion leader: Dr. Janelle Masters, Dean of Academic Affairs

Bismarck State College Library

1 to 3 p.m.*

*Note: We will finish a little early so those who also want to attend Conversations at BSC at 3 p.m. can do so.


Mudbound is Hillary Jordan’s award-winning debut novel.  Set on a cotton farm in the Mississippi Delta in the late 1940s, we see a world of racism, prejudice, and hardship through the eyes of six characters, who take turns narrating the story.  Mudbound won the Bellwether Prize for Fiction in 2006.  Barbara Kingsolver, the founder of the 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.” For more information about the author and the book, visit Hillary Jordan’s website.

 BookTalk discussions are free and open to all.  Refreshments will be served. 

 For more information, call us the BSC Library at 224-5450.

BookTalk at BSC 2011

Good news!  The BSC Foundation approved our grant for BookTalk at BSC 2011, the Library’s annual book discussion series.  We are still finalizing the details, but wanted to give you a heads up about our plans.

BookTalk at BSC 2011

“What Divides Us”

Date Book & Author Discussion Leader
Sunday, January 9, 2011 Mudbound by Hillary Jordan Dr. Janelle Masters
Sunday, February 6, 2011 The Space Between Us by Thrity Umrigar Dr. AnnMarie Kajencki

Sunday, March 6, 2011

The Book of Dead Birds by Gayle Brandeis

To Be Announced


Discussions are held from 1 to 3 p.m. at the BSC Libraryand are free and open to all.  The books can be borrowed from local libraries or purchased from local booksellers.

Stay tuned for more details!