- More More More Said the Baby, by Vera Williams (ages 1-3)
- Black, White, Just Right!, by Marguerite W. Davol (ages 2-5)
- The Invention of Hugo Cabret, by Brian Selznick (ages 11-14)
- Snitch, by Booker T. Mattison (adult)
The featured guest will be Cinema-Television professor Booker T. Mattison, whose new book, Snitch, has garnered laudatory reviews and is soon to be adapted for the screen by film producer Stephanie Allain Bray. Set on the tough streets of Jersey City, New Jersey, Snitch tells the story of a young man who witnesses a crime and must choose between following the code of the streets or his conscience.
The Library has several copies of Snitch for check-out. For access, please contact Harold Henkel at 352-4198 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The novel can also be purchased on all major e-book platforms. Whether or not you are able to read the book by next Thursday, this is an event you won’t want to miss!
In May and June, we will read Jane Austen’s Emma, considered by many critics to be her most perfectly constructed novel. Dr. Susannah Clements, Chair of the Department of Language & Literature will lead two discussions on one of the summits of English literature.
Here is the summer schedule of book discussions:
Written by Georgianne Bordner, Harold Henkel, and Amber Wood
Tuesday, April 12th was National Library Workers Day, and this year the Library faculty chose this day to kick off Regent’s National Library Week observance by cooking a special breakfast for the Library staff and student assistants. That evening, the Library held its first public event for National Library Week with a book talk by Booker T. Mattison, Assistant Professor in the Department of Cinema-Television, whose new novel Snitch has just been released. Fifty-three people gathered in the Library Gallery to hear Prof. Mattison discuss and read from his book.
Snitch adds a positive Christian message to the genre of “street lit.” Over the course of the evening, Mattison emphasized the ways in which God had worked to make the writing, publication, and promotion of the book possible by putting all the pieces together at the right time. Aptly, the main theme of Snitch is God’s sovereignty, along with the very real community problems surrounding silence and “snitching.”
Audience members who have already read the book said that they were very impressed with the character development and the readability, commenting “It’s just like watching a movie,” and “It’s a real page turner.” Librarian Bob Sivigny added: “Mattison is a creative dynamo; listening to him is like catching up with a fast-moving train. I am so glad I went last night. Can’t wait to read Snitch.”
Plans are being made to adapt both Snitch and his first novel, Unsigned Hype, into films, with Mattison as writerdirector. Mattison will tour with Snitch through the summer.
On Wednesday, immediately following chapel, the Library helped four more Regent scholars launch monographs at a luncheon and book talk. Dr. Susannah Clements, Chair of the Department of Language and Literature, told the audience how the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer had sparked her curiosity about the treatment of vampires in literature and film, from Dracula through The Twilight Saga, leading to her writing of The Vampire Defanged: How the Embodiment of Evil Became a Romantic Hero. Dr. Clements described how increasing secularization explains the transformation of an embodiment of sin and evil in Dracula to an innocuous or even romantic figure in recent popular treatments.
Dr. Graham Twelftree, Distinguished Professor of New Testament, discussed the five-year genesis of The Cambridge Companion to Miracles, which involved collaboration with specialists around the world. With characteristic wit, Dr. Twelftree remarked that the experience had taught him humility and the falsity of the quip in academia that “if you can’t write, you can always edit.” At the end of his presentation, he presented an advance copy to divinity librarian Bob Sivigny, to whom the book is dedicated with the words, “To Bob Sivigny and all the other librarians who support our work.”
In the final segment, Dr. Alan Arroyo, Dean, and Dr. Hope Jordan, Professor, from the School of Education discussed their newly published The Secret Kingdom for Educators, which demonstrates how teachers can improve student learning by applying the principals developed by Dr. Pat Robertson in The Secret Kingdom. In their remarks, the authors thanked Dr. Robertson for his support of the project and the ten professors of the School of Education who contributed chapters.
Both book talk events ended with an opportunity for attendees to purchase the books and have them signed by the authors. The Library staff is glad to have had a part in connecting some of Regent’s authors with their readers.
From April 11 through April 15, the University Library will celebrate National Library Week, an annual observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) since 1958. The purpose of National Library Week is to draw attention to the contribution of libraries and to promote their use and support. In celebration of National Library Week 2011, we will host events featuring recently published books by five members of the Regent Faculty:
- Booker T. Mattison, Professor of Fine Arts, School of Communications: Snitch
- Dr. Graham Twelftree, Distinguished Professor of New Testament, School of Divinity: The Cambridge Companion to Miracles
- Dr. Alan Arroyo, Dean & Dr. Hope Jordan, Professor, School of Education: The Secret Kingdom for Educators
- Dr. Susannah Clements, Chair, Department of Language and Literature, School of Undergraduate Studies: The Vampire Defanged: How the Embodiment of Evil Became a Romantic Hero