One of the ironies of academic life is how challenging it can be to find time to read for pleasure. If you have been meaning to set aside those peer-reviewed journal articles for a few minutes per day to read something just for enjoyment, the Library Book Club invites you to join us this summer for two beloved classics for adults and younger readers.
Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë’s masterpiece, has been “teaching true strength of character for generations” (The Guardian). One of the greatest of all bildungsromane, Jane Eyre has taught life lessons to generations of readers through its story of a young woman’s quest for freedom.
The Bronze Bow, by Elizabeth George Speare, tells the story of eighteen-year-old Daniel bar Jamin, a young man bent on revenging his father’s death by driving the Romans out of the land of Israel. Daniel’s hatred for Romans wanes only when he starts to hear the teaching of the traveling carpenter, Jesus of Nazareth.
Our Jane Eyre discussion will take place on June 30 and The Bronze Bow discussion on July 28. Both meetings will take place from 12:00 to 1:00 in the Library Conference Room. We are especially eager to have younger readers participate, so please pass the word to middle and high school students in your acquaintance. As always, distance students and faculty are invited to join in via Google Hangouts.
For more information about these events, contact Harold Henkel at 757-352-4198 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yehuda 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 email@example.com.
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!
At only 100 pages (Penguin edition), Ethan Frome may be the shortest masterpiece in American literature.
Edith Wharton’s tale of forbidden emotions is set on a New England farm in the first decade of the twentieth century. Ethan Frome works and struggles to maintain a bearable existence with his suspicious and hypochondriac wife, Zeenie. But when Zeenie’s vivacious cousin enters their household as a “hired girl,” Ethan finds himself obsessed with her and the dream of happiness she comes to represent. In one of American fiction’s most intense narratives, Wharton moves the ill-starred characters toward their tragic destinies.
On Friday, December 9, professor of literature and film Pete Fraser will moderate a discussion of Ethan Frome. The discussion will take place at 12:00 in the Library Conference Room. We will also view a clip from the 1993 film adaptation starring Liam Neeson, Patricia Arquette, and Joan Allen. The Library has multiple print and electronic copies of the book.
Distance students and faculty are invited to us via Google Hangouts.
For a complete schedule of 2016-2017 book discussions, see the Library Book Club webpage.