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.