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Ukranian postcard with scenes from The Night before ChristmasWritten by Harold Henkel, Associate Librarian

The final Book Club meeting of 2009 will take place on Tuesday, December 15th. We will discuss Nicolai Gogol’s short masterwork, The Night before Christmas. This story is not so well known in the west, but is much loved in Russia, partly through the classic 1951 animated film. The meeting will take place at 1:00 p.m. in the Library Conference Room. The Night before Christmas is only 55 pages and easy to read. If you would like a free copy of the story, please contact Harold Henkel at 352-4198 or harohen@regent.edu.

In January, as part of the preparation leading up to the RU Global Roundtable on the Middle East on February 11th, the Book Club will read selections from The Amos Oz Reader. Amos Oz is Israel’s best known novelist and one of the country’s most respected intellectuals. In a career spanning nearly half a century, Oz’s writing has been rooted in the history and people of Israel. Newsweek characterized the author and his work as “eloquent, humane, even religious in the deepest sense, [Oz] emerges 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.”

Here is the revised Book Club schedule for 2009-2010:

Month

Author

Title

December

Nicolai Gogol

The Night before Christmas

January

Amos Oz

The Amos Oz Reader

February

William Shakespeare

Romeo and Juliet (with guest moderator,
Dr. Carlos Campo

March

Chaim Potok

The Gift of Asher Lev

April

Steven Galloway

The Cellist of Sarajevo

May

Charles Dickens

Great Expectations (part 1)

June

Charles Dickens

Great Expectations (part 2)

July

Anonymous

Tales from the Thousand and One Nights