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Special literature and cinema events on November 9th

Film poster for John Huston’s 1987 film of James Joyce’s “The Dead”
On Friday, November 9, the Library Book Club will host two special events: At 12:00 Professor of Language and Literature Dr. Peter Fraser will lead a discussion of James Joyce’s Dubliners, concentrating on the final story, “The Dead.” In the evening at 6:30, Professor of Cinema Andrew Quicke will screen and lead a discussion of John Huston’s cinematic adaption of “The Dead.”

According to Harold Bloom, “The Dead” (1914), although written in a naturalistic style, “inaugurates the art of the mature Joyce.” John Huston’s film of “The Dead” (1987) was the director’s final film and is exceptionally faithful to Joyce’s story, making it particularly interesting to watch following a reading. The endings of both the story and the film are extraordinarily beautiful and will more than repay your time and effort in getting to know these works.

If you still think Joyce is only for high-brow types, do not be afraid! Dr. Fraser and Prof. Quicke are expert, gentle guides, and as always, the Library is here to help. You will find excellent educational videos on James Joyce and John Huston from FMG Films on Demand (Regent ID & password required). Our English literature and Cinema databases contain a wealth of helpful articles such as these two articles on the relationship between the story and film:

The book discussion will take place in the Library Conference Room, located inside Library Administration. The film screening will take place in Screening Room A (COM 145). Both events are free and open to the public.

Whether you have been planning to read or re-read great literature, or would like an introduction to Joyce, or simply wish to see something a bit more substantial than typical multiplex fare, your wait is over. Join the Library and Profs. Fraser and Quicke for some thought-provoking discussions about two masterpieces of literature and cinema.

For more information about these or other Library Book Club events, contact Harold Henkel at harohen@regent.edu.

Library Book Club announces 2012-2013 schedule

The Library Book Club is pleased to announce its sixth 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 classics and contemporary works.

President Campo will lead a discussion of "The Tempest" on October 10. (Photo: Daniel McCullum)
Two of our books coincide with works in Regent Theatre’s 2012-2013 season: On Wednesday, October 10 at 1:00, President Campo will lead a discussion of Shakespeare and The Tempest. In April, Rabbi Dr. Israel Zoberman will present an introduction to Yiddish literature and Sholem Aleichem, whose collection of stories, Tevya the Dairyman formed the basis for the musical Fiddler on the Roof. One additional special event In November will be a screening of John Houston’s magnificent film of “The Dead,” the final story in James Joyce’s Dubliners. Professor of Cinema & Television Andrew Quicke will introduce and lead a discussion about the film.

We begin our season on Friday, September 28 at 12:00, with Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park. Dr. Susannah Clements, from the Department of Language and Literature, will lead the discussion.

Here it the complete schedule for 2012-2013:

Month Author Title Date & Time
August – September Jane Austen Mansfield Park September 28 at 12:00
October William Shakespeare The Tempest October 10 at 1:00
November – December James Joyce Dubliners November 9 at 12:00
November – December John Huston, director The Dead November 9 at 6:30 p.m.
January – February Pearl Buck The Good Earth T.B.D.
March Willa Cather My Ántonia T.B.D.
April Sholem Aleichem Tevya the Dairyman T.B.D.
May Rebecca Skloot The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks May 31 at 12:00
June – July Barbara Kingsolver The Poisonwood Bible T.B.D.
“It is a good rule after reading a new book, never to allow yourself another new one till you have read an old one in between.” ― C.S. Lewis
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 make time for reading literature. For more information about the Library Book Club, contact Harold Henkel at harohen@regent.edu. If you would like to receive reminders on Facebook of upcoming discussions and events, “like” the Library Facebook page.

John Marcellus Huston

Library hosts faculty book launch

Andrew Quicke and Terry Lindvall discussing the research for Celluloid Sermons
On April 17, The University Library and School of Communication and the Arts hosted a book launch of Celluloid Sermons: The Emergence of the Christian Film Industry, 1930-1986, by former Regent President Terry Lindvall and Professor of Cinema and Television Andrew Quicke.

Celluloid Sermons, the product of 20 years of collaboration and research by the authors, is actually the second volume of a three-part series on the history of Christian film. The first book, Sanctuary Cinema: The Origins of the Christian Film Industry (2007) was written by Dr. Lindvall and covered Christian film-making during the silent film era. Prof. Quicke is currently writing the final volume under the provisional title Christian Box Office: 1986-2010.

Both Prof. Quicke and Dr. Lindvall emphasized that the films explored in Celluloid Sermons were not intended to be sophisticated artistic works, but didactic vehicles covering everything from Bible and Church history to spiritual life and moral education.

Following the book talk, special collections librarian Bob Sivigny and Library archivist Don Gantz offered tours of the Film Research Center, located on the 4th floor of the Library. The Library’s collection of more than 3,500 16mm Christian films is believed to be one of the largest of its kind in the world. According to Prof. Quicke, to whom belongs much of the credit for building the Library’s Christian film collection, Celluloid Sermons is “a book that could only [have been] written at Regent University.”

A video of the complete event will be posted soon. For photos from the book launch, visit us on Flickr.

Library to celebrate new book by Terry Lindvall & Andrew Quicke on April 17

On Tuesday, April 17, The University Library and School of Communication and the Arts will celebrate the publication of Celluloid Sermons: The Emergence of the Christian Film Industry, 1930-1986, by former Regent President Terry Lindvall and Professor of Cinema and Television Andrew Quicke. The event will feature Dr. Lindvall and Prof. Quicke discussing their book, reading excerpts, and screening 16mm film clips. There will also be a reception, book signing, and tours of the 16mm film collection on the 4th floor of the Library.

Celluloid Sermons is the first scholarly work to survey the history of Christian films made specifically for teaching and evangelizing. According to Prof. Quicke, to whom belongs much of the credit for building the Library’s Christian film collection, Celluloid Sermons is “a book that could only [have been] written at Regent University.”

The book celebration will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Library Gallery (first floor, near the large windows in the back). To RSVP, contact Laura Thomas at lthomas@regent.edu.

Book Discussion & Film Screening: Contemporary Israeli literature and cinema

On Friday, April 20, Dr. Israel Zoberman, from Congregation Beth Chaverim in Virginia Beach, will lead a discussion of Lion’s Honey: The Myth of Sampson, by David Grossman (b. 1954), one of Israel’s most admired contemporary writers. Lion’s Honey is Grossman’s examination and retelling of the Sampson story in Judges 13-16.

The discussion of Lion’s Honey will mark Rabbi Zoberman’s third visit with the Library Book Club. He is a true scholar and an always engaging speaker. Readers interested in Judaism and modern Israel will not want to miss this event. The book is around 100 pages and can be read in one sitting. For a free excerpt, contact Harold Henkel at harohen@regent.edu.

The Lion’s Honey discussion will be at 1:00 p.m. in the Library Conference Room, located in the Library Administration area.

As a complement to the tragic story of Samson, Professor of Cinema Andrew Quicke will introduce and screen a contemporary Israeli comedy. A Matter of Size is a film about a “Sampson” of a different sort—an obese cook who discovers a talent and love for Sumo wrestling. The screening will be on Thursday, April 19th at 6:30 p.m. in Screening Room B (COM 143).