Library Book Club seeks Regent Readers

Written by Harold Henkel, Associate Librarian

First paperback edition of Things Fall Apart, 1958The Library Book Club has just announced our new reading schedule and invites the Regent community to put aside those journal articles for about twenty minutes each day and rediscover the pleasure of reading, sharing ideas, and even arguing about literature. Our reading list for this year includes classics of western literature as well as non-western masterworks that support the Quality-Enhancement Plan on global competence.

All of us at Regent are very busy, but I hope this list will entice students, staff, and faculty to reserve even twenty minutes a day for recreational and enrichment reading. After all, as Mark Twain put it, “the man who doesn’t read good books has no advantage over the man who can’t read them.”

For more information about the Library Book Club, including meeting times and our online discussion forum on LibraryThing, contact Harold Henkel at 352-4198 or harohen@regent.edu.

Library Book Club Schedule 2009-2010

Month

Author

Title

September

Jane Austen

Northanger Abbey

October

Chinua Achebe

Things Fall Apart

November

Chaim Potok

The Gift of Asher Lev

December

Nicolai Gogol

The Night before Christmas

January

Steven Galloway

The Cellist of Sarajevo

February

William Shakespeare

Romeo and Juliet (with guest moderator,
Dr. Carlos Campo)

March

Charles Dickens

Great Expectations (part 1)

April

Charles Dickens

Great Expectations (part 2)

May

Anonymous

Tales from the Thousand and One Nights

Samuel Johnson, Christian reader and polymath

“Literature is a kind of intellectual light which, like the light of the sun, enables us to see what we do not like; but who would wish to escape unpleasing objects, by condemning himself to perpetual darkness?” Samuel Johnson