Library GA Chester Branch publishes book

Written by Dorothy Hargett, Access Services Supervisor

Congratulations to Chester Branch, whose first book, Holy Subtext has just been published by Pleasant Word Press. The book is a work of film criticism that demonstrates how films like The Shawshank Redemption, Schindler’s List, and On the Waterfront achieve dramatic power by weaving themes from the Gospels into the fabric of the story.

Chester Branch has been a Circulation GA since March 2006. His quiet spirit and gentle smile have been a welcoming asset to the University Library. He holds a BA in film with a minor in Theology. He also has a MFA in Script and Screenwriting and is currently completing his MA in Directing. He’s been a guest lecturer for RU’s The Christian Role in the Arts Today and Storytelling and Scriptwriting. He’s also scheduled to guest lecture at Norfolk State University and appear as a special guest on the HOT 91 FM radio station.

Chester has been named an All American Scholar, a Presidential Scholar, and has been listed in Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities. He is also the recipient of the 2003 Saint Augustine Film and Theater Award.

The Library is proud to celebrate with Chester the publication of his first book.