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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
*National Endowment for the Arts: The Big Read, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. http:www.neabigread.orgbookstheadventuresoftomsawyer
Written by Harold Henkel, Assistant Librarian
Last April, the National Endowment for the Arts selected the University Library to participate in The Big Read initiative. The purpose of The Big Read is “to restore reading to the center of American culture.” The Library will organize a community read in Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, and Williamsburg of Tolstoy’s novella, The Death of Ivan Ilyich. To reach the widest possible audience, we are forming partnerships with a diverse group of academic, civic, governmental, and church organizations.
Besides group discussions of the novel, we are putting together a program designed to foster appreciation for Tolstoy as well as Russian literature and culture. Some of our events will include:
- A symposium on Tolstoy and The Death of Ivan Ilyich.
- A full Russian meal at the Regent Ordinary.
- A guest lecture at the College of William & Mary on the role of Tolstoy in European culture.
- A film series at William & Mary dedicated to adaptations of Tolstoy’s works.