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Book Club reading The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

On Thursday, July 31, the Library Book Club will discuss The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Mark Twain’s timeless novel of boyhood set in the 1840s in the author’s hometown of Hannibal, Missouri.

According to the National Endowment for the Arts, which includes Tom Sawyer on its list of Big Read titles, “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is not merely a literary classic. It is part of the American imagination. More than any other work in our culture, it established America’s vision of childhood. Mark Twain created two fictional boys, Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn, who still seem more real than most of the people we know.”*

The discussion will take place at 12:00 in the Library Conference Room at 12:00 and is open to all readers, age 10 and up. Off-campus readers are invited to join the discussion live via Google Hangouts. For more information, please contact Harold Henkel at harohen@regent.edu.


*National Endowment for the Arts: The Big Read, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. http:www.neabigread.orgbookstheadventuresoftomsawyer

The Big Read Festival Kicks Off at the Library

Written by Harold Henkel, Assistant Librarian

Dear Friends & Readers,

The Big Read is here! Our festival offers a program of entertaining and stimulating events that will introduce participants to the richness of Russian culture, and in particular, to the genius of Leo Tolstoy by focusing on his late novella The Death of Ivan Ilyich. Please stop by the Library for your free copy or contact Harold Henkel at harohen@regent.edu. The Regent University Library invites all interested readers throughout Hampton Roads to take part in our Big Read festival and discover the pleasure of reading great literature with your friends.


University Library Receives Big Read Grant from NEA

Written by Harold Henkel, Assistant LibrarianBig Read logo

Last April, the National Endowment for the Arts selected the University Library to participate in The Big Read initiative. The purpose of The Big Read is “to restore reading to the center of American culture.” The Library will organize a community read in Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, and Williamsburg of Tolstoy’s novella, The Death of Ivan Ilyich. To reach the widest possible audience, we are forming partnerships with a diverse group of academic, civic, governmental, and church organizations.

Besides group discussions of the novel, we are putting together a program designed to foster appreciation for Tolstoy as well as Russian literature and culture. Some of our events will include: