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Northanger Abbey: Book Discussion with Dr. Carrie White

Mystery! Romance! Dark abbey! (Bright, sunny comedy)

On Thursday, October 26, at 12:00, the Library Book Club will discuss Northanger Abbey, by Jane Austen.

Northanger Abbey depicts the misadventures of Catherine Morland, a young, enthusiastic reader of Gothic novels. The romantic tales and dark landscapes feed her imagination. What could be more exciting and remote from the uneventful securities of life in the midland counties of England? But when, ordinary life takes a more sinister turn, circumspection is reaffirmed alongside comedy in Austen’s shortest and most lighthearted work.

Our discussion will take place in the Library Conference Room. Dr. Carrie White will lead our conversation. Whether you’re a confirmed Janeite or just wondering what novels about upper-class English society in the nineteenth century could possibly teach you about life, this event is for you. Austen-appropriate refreshments will be served.

The Library has several copies of Nothanger Abbey in print and e-book formats. Most public library systems also offer the book on CD and downloadable audiobook.

Distance students and faculty are encouraged to join us live via Google Hangouts, Google’s free, easy-to-use videoconferencing software. Click here to request a link to the discussion.
For the complete 2017-2018 schedule of book discussions, see the Library Book Club webpage.

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Library Book Club 2017-2018 Schedule

Painting by Sister Isabella Guerra (see image credit below).

The Library Book Club is excited to announce announce its tenth year of book talks and discussions, featuring works chosen to give pleasure, and just maybe, a little instruction. As always, we have tried to select a list that will appeal to a variety of interests, with both classic and contemporary fiction as well as thought-provoking works of non-fiction.

This year we begin with something truly different. As a tie-in to Regent’s Movie on the Lawn showing of Wonder Woman on September 16, the Book Club is sponsoring a discussion on approaching the film from a Christian perspective. Dr. Pete Fraser, professor of film and literature, will lead our conversation. This special event will take place on Friday, September 22

Here it the complete schedule for 2017-2018:

Month Author Title Date & Time
September Patty Jenkins, director Wonder Woman Sept 22, 2:00
October Jane Austen Northanger Abbey Thur, Oct 26, 12:00
November Os Guinness Renaissance: The Power of the Gospel However Dark the Times Nov 10, 12:00
 December Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol Dec 8, 12:00
January Thomas Cahill Heretics and Heroes: How Renaissance Artists and Reformation Priests Created Our World Feb 2,
12:00
February Chaim Potok The Chosen Mar 2, 12:00
March-April Rod Dreher

The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation

Week of Apr 9. Date & Time TBD

As always, it is not necessary to complete the book in order to come to a discussion. The overriding purpose of the Library Book Club is to encourage members of the Regent and CBN communities to make time in their schedules for reading. For more information about the Library Book Club, contact Harold Henkel at harohen@regent.edu. If you would like to receive announcements of upcoming discussions and events, follow the Library on Facebook or Google+.

Image Credit: Painting by Sister Isabella Guerra, a nun at the Cistercian monastery of Santa Lucia, Zaragoza in Spain. For information about Sister Isabella and examples of her work, see Lines and Colors (blog) at http://linesandcolors.com/2011/11/13/isabel-guerra/.

John Marcellus Huston

Book Discussion with Rabbi Dr. Israel Zoberman

Yehuda_Amichai_2.inddYehuda Amichai (1924-2000) wrote in colloquial Hebrew and is widely regarded as the finest poet of modern Israel. Many of Amichai’s poems are remarkably accessible, vivid in their evocation of landscape and historical predicament. He also created some of the most moving love poems written in any language in the past two generations: some exuberant, some erotic, and some suffused with sadness over separation.

Rabbi Dr. Israel Zoberman has selected eight poems for our conversation from the 2015 collection edited by Robert Alter. For your own free copy of the poems, contact Harold Henkel at harohen@regent.edu.

The discussion will be held on Friday, April 21 at 1:00 in the Library Conference Room. Distance students and faculty are invited to join in via Google Hangouts.

Over the years, Rabbi Zoberman’s annual spring visit has become an anticipated event at the Library. He is a scholar, teacher, and raconteur about Israel, history, and literature. This year, you need read only eight poems to qualify as prepared, so don’t miss this cultural opportunity!

Book Discussion: Pilgrim’s Progress, by John Bunyan

51O46r7yCnL._SX323_BO1,204,203,200_Only the Bible has sold more copies than The Pilgrim’s Progress. John Bunyan’s classic, first published in 1678, quickly became a hallmark among Christian readers in the English-speaking world and beyond, enduring down to our day as a unique resource for spiritual edification. The story is an allegory transformed into intense drama, its characters superbly individualized, indelibly alive, and as memorable as the landmarks on Christian’s perilous journey toward salvation.

The Book Club’s discussion of The Pilgrim’s Progress will take place on Friday, March 31 at 12:00 in the Library Conference Room. Dr. Peter Fraser, professor of literature and film, will lead our discussion. Distance students and faculty are invited to join the discussion via Google Hangouts.

The Library has multiple copies of the book in both print and electronic formats.