Library Book Club announces new schedule.

Read literature and argue the great questions with the likes of Tolstoy and Austen.

Read literature and argue the great questions with the likes of Tolstoy and Austen.

One of the most famous openings in literature is the beginning of Anna Karenina: “All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” Because Tolstoy is one the supreme writers of all time, readers have tended to accept his claim about families as a kernel of aphoristic wisdom. Reader and essayist David P. Goldman, however, argues that Tolstoy got it exactly backwards: “…unhappy families are all unhappy in the same way. It is happy families that are different, because every child is radically unique, such that raising children is the one human activity that is sure to surprise.”*

Goldman’s riposte to Tolstoy brings to mind three reasons on why it is essential that we read literature throughout our lives:

  1. To gain new perspectives, to see the world through other people’s eyes.
  2. To “converse” with the great authors through engagement with their works.
  3. To understand ourselves better.

The mission of the Library Book Club is to encourage the reading of great literature by bringing members of the Regent and CBN communities together to enjoy the unique pleasure of reading and discussing books. For our eighth year, we have assembled a schedule of five classics from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, four highly acclaimed contemporary works of literature, and one work of non-fiction. So we hope there’s something for everyone!

Library Book Club Schedule 2014 – 2015

Month Author Title Data & Time
September Rudolfo Anaya Bless Me, Ultima September 25 at 12:00
October Amos Oz & Fania Oz-Salzberger Jews and Words (with guest
moderator, Rabbi Dr. Israel Zoberman)
October 30 at 1:00
November Jane Austen Pride and Prejudice (Dr. Susannah Clements, discussion moderator) November 20 at 12:00
December Alice Munro Runaway (Dr. Susannah Clements, discussion moderator) December 11 at 12:00
January Patrick O’Brian Testimonies: A Novel (Dr. Eric
Patterson, discussion moderator)
January 29 at 12:00
February Leo Tolstoy Hadji Murat  February 26 at 12:00
March Marilynne Robinson Lila: A Novel (Dr. Michael
Palmer, discussion moderator)
March 26 at 12:00
April Haruki Murakami After the Quake: Stories  April 23 at 12:00
June Robert Louis Stevenson Treasure Island (Dr. Peter
Fraser, discussion moderator)
June 25 at 12:00
July Louisa May Alcott Little Women (Dr. Susannah
Clements, discussion moderator)
July 30 at 12:00

Time & Location

Unless otherwise posted, Book Club meetings take place at noon on the final Thursday of each month in the Library Conference Room. Check the events tab of our Facebook or Google+ page for confirmed dates and times. Tea and refreshments are served, and participants are welcome to bring a lunch.

Distance students and faculty welcome

Distance students and faculty may join our discussions via Google Hangouts, Google’s free videoconferencing service. Here is the permanent link for all Library Hangout events: https://plus.google.com/hangouts/_/event/c0lnc83s5ok7tecuqdcnjg0mcno?authuser=0&eid=100028809078157626561&hl=en.

For more information about the Book Club, or to receive reminders of upcoming events, contact Harold Henkel at harohen@regent.edu.

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*David P. Goldman, “Thanks, but I already have a novel,” Asia Times Online, January 29, 2013, Accessed July 18, 2013, http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Front_Page/OA29Aa01.html (accessed July 18, 2014).

Book Club reading The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

On Thursday, July 31, the Library Book Club will discuss The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Mark Twain’s timeless novel of boyhood set in the 1840s in the author’s hometown of Hannibal, Missouri.

According to the National Endowment for the Arts, which includes Tom Sawyer on its list of Big Read titles, “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is not merely a literary classic. It is part of the American imagination. More than any other work in our culture, it established America’s vision of childhood. Mark Twain created two fictional boys, Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn, who still seem more real than most of the people we know.”*

The discussion will take place at 12:00 in the Library Conference Room at 12:00 and is open to all readers, age 10 and up. Off-campus readers are invited to join the discussion live via Google Hangouts. For more information, please contact Harold Henkel at harohen@regent.edu.

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*National Endowment for the Arts: The Big Read, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. http://www.neabigread.org/books/theadventuresoftomsawyer/

What’s so great about the Library Virtual Tours?

by Melody Diehl, Divinity Librarian

We invite you to tour the beautiful Regent University Library through our new Virtual Library Tours. Here are just a few things that make them worth a view:

  1. They’re fresh and delightful.
  2. They feature friendly faces you may recognize.
  3. They’re short and have happy music.
  4. They will show you the basics of what the library has to offer and maybe even a thing or two you didn’t know.

So whether you have been at Regent for a day or a decade, we have a tour for you.

Here is our tour for on-campus folks:

And here is another especially for distance students and faculty:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Regent Reads starts July 1

This July the Library will be hosting our fourth annual Regent Reads, a summer reading program for children ages five to nine. Each Tuesday morning, from 10:00 to 11:30 am, we will feature two illustrated books: one about a Biblical hero and one about a modern-day hero (such as a military veteran or teacher), read by members of the Regent and local communities. There will also be an interactive time with music and movement. Each program will conclude with snacks and coloring activities. For more information and a schedule of books, see the Regent Reads webpage.

In addition to the Regent Reads series for young children, The Library Book Club invites children 10 and up as well as adults to join us on July 31 at 12:00 for a discussion of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer . For more information about this event, see our website, or contact Harold Henkel at harohen@regent.edu.

All summer literature events are free and open to the public. RSVPs are encouraged but not required.

To Kill a Mockingbird discussion this Thursday

This Thursday (June 26) the Library Book Club will discuss To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee’s classic tale of racism, justice, and growing up during the 1930s in a small town in Alabama. Professor of Law Lynne Marie Kohm will lead the discussion.

Even though you probably read this work in middle school, it definitely deserves a second read. Among other things, To Kill a Mockingbird is a great American Bildungsroman (coming-of-age story) and has been described as “the rare American novel that can be discovered with excitement in adolescence and reread into adulthood without fear of disappointment. Few novels so appealingly evoke the daily world of childhood in a way that seems convincing whether you are sixteen or sixty-six.”*

The discussion will take place at 12:00 in the Library Conference Room at 12:00 and is open to all readers, age 10 and up. Off-campus readers are invited to join the discussion live via Google Hangouts. For more information, please contact Harold Henkel at harohen@regent.edu.

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*National Endowment for the Arts: The Big Read, To Kill a Mockingbird. http://www.neabigread.org/books/mockingbird/