BookTalk at BSC – The Stranger in the Woods

Who: You!

What: BookTalk at BSC 2019 – “Off the Grid”

Book: The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit by Michael Finkel

When: Sunday, February 3, 2019, 1 to 3 p.m.

      We will be done in plenty of time for the Super Bowl!

Where: LEA 204, BSC Library 2nd floor meeting room

Discussion leader: Dr. Brian Palecek, English & Humanities Instructor, United Tribes Technical College

BookTalk at BSC 2019 Online Guide: 

Discussions are free and open to all.  BookTalk is funded by the BSC Library and a grant from the BSC Foundation.

Hope to see you then!  Bring a friend … or two.


BookTalk at BSC 2015

BookTalk at BSC is the BSC Library’s annual book discussion series. Read the books & join us for lively discussions at the Library. The books are available from libraries and booksellers.

BookTalk at BSC 2015


Blue HighwaysWildOn the Road

Sunday, January 4, 1-3 p.m.
Blue Highways: a Journey into America by William Least Heat-Moon
Discussion leader: Clay Jenkinson
Sunday, February 1, 1-3 p.m.
Wild: from Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
Discussion leader: Dr. Janelle Masters
Sunday, March 1, 1-3 p.m.
On the Road by Jack Kerouac
Discussion leader: Dr. Brian Palecek

BookTalk discussions are free and open to all.  Join us … and bring a friend!

Good reading!


BookTalk at BSC 2012

Good news!  We received word from the BSC Foundation that our BookTalk at BSC 2012 grant request was funded!

We are working on the final plans, but here’s a preview to whet your appetite:

Our theme, The Only Thing that Lasts, was inspired (in part) by this line from Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind:

“Do you mean to tell me, Katie Scarlett O’Hara, that Tara, that land doesn’t mean anything to you? Why, land is the only thing in the world worth workin’ for, worth fightin’ for, worth dyin’ for, because it’s the only thing that lasts.” — Gerald O’Hara

The Books

BookTalk discussions will be held in the BSC Library from 1-3 p.m.  Discussions are free and open to all.

Stay tuned for more details … In the meantime, start reading.

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!