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Book Discussion: A Pigeon and a Boy, by Meir Shalev

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U.S. edition, 2007

Meir Shalev is one of Israel’s most acclaimed novelists, whose works have been translated into more than twenty languages. The subjects of A Pigeon and a Boy are two of the most powerful human desires: love and home.

The title of the novel refers to a courier pigeon handler serving in the fledgling Israeli army during the War for Independence in 1948. For the author, the courier pigeon becomes a symbol of the human longing to return to one’s home. A Pigeon and a Boy intertwines and connects the stories of two couples: one from the 1940s and one from contemporary Jerusalem.

Original Israeli edition, 2006

Original Israeli edition, 2006

To help us explore this captivating work, Rabbi Dr. Israel Zoberman will lead our discussion. Rabbi Zoberman grew up in Israel in the 1950s and will provide insights into life in Israel in the early years following Independence. As readers who have attended previous Book Club discussions with him can attest, he is a terrific scholar, teacher and story-teller.

The discussion will take place on Thursday, April 14 at 1:00 in the Library Conference Room. Distance students and faculty are invited to join in via Google Hangouts.

For information about future book discussions at the Library, see the Library Book Club webpage.

Rabbi Dr. Israel Zoberman to lead discussion on October 30

On Thursday, October 30, Rabbi Dr. Israel Zoberman will be at the Library to lead a discussion of Jews and Words, by Amos Oz and Fania Oz-Salzberger. Amos Oz is perhaps the most famous living Israeli author. Newsweek has described him as “a kind of Zionist Orwell: a complex man obsessed with simple decency and determined above all to tell the truth, regardless of whom it offends.” Fania Oz-Salzberger, Amos Oz’s daughter, is a professor of history at the University of Haifa School of Law and Center for German and European Studies.

In their book, father and daughter tell the tales behind Judaism’s most enduring names, adages, disputes, texts and quips. These words, they argue, comprise the chain connecting Abraham with the Jews of every subsequent generation.

As readers who have attended previous Book Club discussions with Rabbi Zoberman can attest, he is a terrific scholar, teacher, and raconteur. The Library is pleased to have him with us again to enrich our understanding of Jewish history and culture.

The discussion will take place at 1:00 pm in the Library Gallery. All of the Library’s copies of the book are currently checked out, but Yale University Press has some generous excerpts available on Google Books.

Distance students and faculty welcome!

Distance students and faculty can join the discussion live via Google Hangouts, Google’s free videoconferencing software. Here is our permanent link for all Book Club events:

https://plus.google.com/hangouts/_/event/c0lnc83s5ok7tecuqdcnjg0mcno?authuser=0&eid=100028809078157626561&hl=en

The first time you click on the link, Google will prompt you to install the Hangouts plug-in. Once that’s done, the same link will take you to the Book Club discussion each month.

For more information about the Library Book Club and future events, visit our webpage.

National Library Week 2013 Round-up

From April 15 to April 19, the University Library joined with other libraries across the nation to celebrate the 55th annual National Library Week. We observed this banner week on the cultural calendar of our country with five events:

1. Faculty Recommends Poster Series. The Library continued its National Library Week tradition of offering reading and research recommendations from Regent Faculty. This year five faculty members as well as Vice President for Marketing, Sherri Miller, offered their choices:

  • Dr. Gloria Whittico (School of Law)
  • Dr. Gabriel Dy-Liacco (School of Psychology & Counseling)
  • Dr. Kathleen Patterson (School of Business & Leadership)
  • Dr. Glenn Koonce (School of Education)
  • Dr. Diana Xiong (College of Arts & Sciences)

The poster series may still be viewed in the Library Lobby.

Dean Patterson, Dr. White, and Dr. Vondey at the Faculty Book Talks

2. National Library Workers Day. On April 15, the Library faculty kicked off the week-long celebration by showing its appreciation for the Library staff and student assistants and all they do for the Library by cooking a lasagna and salad luncheon.

3. New Faculty Books: Ending Wars, Perplexing Pentecostalism, and a Dublin Story-Teller. On April 17, immediately following University Chapel, the Library held its main National Library Week event for 2013—a luncheon featuring new book talks by three Regent faculty members:

  • Dean Eric Patterson (School of Government), Ending Wars Well: Order, Justice, and Conciliation in Contemporary Post-Conflict
  • Dr. Wolfgang Vondey(School of Divinity), Pentecostalism: A Guide for the Perplexed
  • Dr. Carrie White (College of Arts & Sciences), Reading More of Roddy Doyle

For a synopsis of the book talks and the authors’ remarks, see the article by Brett Wilson on the Regent News and Events page.

Rabbi Zoberman discusses the Tevya stories with the Library Book Club
4. Student Appreciation Day. On April 18, the Library observed, Student Appreciation Day by fortifying Regent’s hard-working students all day with free coffee and cookies.

5. Book Discussion: Tevye the Dairyman, by Sholem Aleichem (1859-1916). On April 19, Rabbi Dr. Israel Zoberman paid his annual visit to the Library Book Club. Fifteen students and faculty members joined Rabbi Zoberman for a conversation about the Yiddish world of Sholem Aleichem and his great collection of stories, Tevye the Dairyman. Following the book discussion, Rabbi Zoberman helped identify some documents recently donated to the Library’s Special Collections. The documents, printed and written in Hebrew, Chinese, and Russian, date from the 1920s and 1930s and are from the Jewish community in Harbin, China.

Photos of the faculty book talks and Rabbi Zoberman’s visit are located on the Library’s Facebook and Flickr pages. To view the video of the faculty book talks, click here.

The Library would like to thank everyone who attended our National Library Week events.

Rabbi Israel Zoberman to lead discussion of Tevye the Dairyman

A volume of Sholem Aleichem stories in Yiddish, with the author's portrait and signature
On Friday, April 19th, Rabbi Dr. Israel Zoberman will lead a discussion of Tevye the Dairyman, by Sholem Aleichem (1859-1916).

Tevye the Dairyman is perhaps the best-loved work of all Yiddish literature and forms the basis for the musical Fiddler on the Roof. In Tevye, Sholem Aleichem created a modern Job, who combines profound sorrow with gratitude to God for all the fullness of life.

This discussion will mark Rabbi Zoberman’s fourth visit with the Library Book Club. In the past three years, the Book Club has read Modern Hebrew masters S. Y. Agnon, Amos Oz, and David Grossman. Tevye the Dairyman is our first venture into Yiddish literature. Readers interested in Jewish history and culture will not want to miss this event. The Library owns two well-received modern translations by Schocken and Penguin Books.

The discussion will take place at 1:00 p.m. in the Library Conference Room (located inside Library Administration). For information about this or other Library Book Club events, please contact Harold Henkel at harohen@regent.edu.

Image Credit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sholem_Aleichem

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