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: http://bsc.libguides.com/booktalk/2019
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 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
BookTalk discussions are free and open to all. Join us … and bring a friend!
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
- O Pioneers by Willa Cather (January 8, 2012; discussion leader: Dr. Amy Juhala)
- Red Earth, White Earth by Will Weaver (February 5, 2012; discussion leader: Brian Palecek)
- Dakota or What’s a Heaven For by Brenda K. Marshall (March 4, 2012; discussion leader: Author Brenda K. Marshall)
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.
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!
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.
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!