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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!

BookTalk at BSC 2016

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BookTalk at BSC – Sunday, March 1

On the RoadThe final discussion in the BookTalk at BSC 2015 “Road Trip” series is coming up on Sunday, March 1.

Join us at the BSC Library from 1 to 3 pm for a discussion of On the Road by Jack Kerouac. Dr. Brian Palecek will lead the discussion. BookTalk is free and open to all.

For more information, check out the guide we created at: http://bsc.libguides.com/booktalk2015.

Join us on Sunday and 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

ROAD TRIP

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!

 

Fahrenheit 451 – Live Dangerously

fahrenheit_451A reviewer from Australia’s Canberra Times said this about Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury:

“It has reminded readers over the past fifty years that books can be dangerous things.”

Live dangerously! Join us for BookTalk at BSC this Sunday, March 2, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the BSC Library for a discussion of Fahrenheit 451. Tayo Basquiat, assistant professor of philosophy, will be our guide.

Originally published in 1953, Fahrenheit 451 is a story about a repressive future world when books are banned and “firemen” set them aflame rather than put out fires. It’s a quick read, but filled with ideas that will keep you thinking long after you’ve read the last page. When I re-read the story, I was amazed by the prescience of much of Bradbury’s vision of the future.

BookTalk discussions are free and open to all. Bring a friend (or two). We’ll have treats!

For more information about BookTalk and this particular book and author, check out the guide we created.

BookTalk as BSC is funded by the BSC Foundation and the BSC Library.