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The Big Read

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Date:   August 2, 2012                  
For Immediate Release                                                         
Contact: Mimi Nothacker
985-893-6280 X120
mimi@stpl.us
                                                                                                                                   
St. Tammany Parish Library
 Hosts
“The Big Read: The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien”
Book Discussion Group
At the Slidell Branch Library and
Causeway Branch Library

 

St. Tammany Parish Library hosts “The Big Read” Book Discussion Groups as the centerpiece of a parish-wide reading program called, “The Big Read: The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien”.  For the convenience of parish residents, discussion groups will have the opportunity to meet for three consecutive weeks at either the Slidell Branch Library or at the Causeway Branch Library. The first two activities at each library will be sponsored by NEA and Arts Midwest. The third concluding meetings of the book discussion group will be funded by The Friends of the Slidell Library and West St. Tammany Friends of the Library.

The Big Read program provides funding from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and Arts Midwest, allowing people in a specified geographic area to read and discuss the same book for pleasure. It includes innovative reading programs, comprehensive resources for discussing classic literature (including free books and discussion guides) and an extensive website providing information on authors and their works. This is the first time that St. Tammany Parish has participated in The Big Read.

The Book Discussion groups will consist of a total of three meetings, each held at the Slidell and Causeway branch libraries. The activities will address aspects of the novel, with a concluding session for final comments. All discussions will be led by Dr. Susan Blalock, an emeritus professor who has taught literature at St. Joseph Seminary College, the University of Alaska in Fairbanks, and Virginia Tech. She will conduct lively book discussion meetings, inviting participation from group members. See below for detailed information:

1st Meeting
At Slidell Branch on Wednesday, September 12, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. and
At Causeway Branch on Tuesday, September 18, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

Topics will include backgrounds to U.S. involvement in Vietnam, contemporary video clips, photographs and an introduction to the book and its author.  “A vital, important book—a book that matters not only to the reader interested in Vietnam, but to anyone interested in the craft of writing as well” –New York Times.

2nd Meeting
At Slidell Branch on Wednesday, September 19, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. and
At Causeway Branch on Tuesday, September 25, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

Topics will include Chapter 1 as a poem.  Discussion of the first 11 chapters.  “Between its rhythmic brilliance and its exquisite rendering of memory. . . this is prose headed for the nerve center of what was Vietnam.”  Boston Globe

3rd Meeting (Conclusion)
At Slidell Branch on Wednesday, September 26, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. and
At Causeway Branch on Tuesday, October 2, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

 

Topics will include discussion of the last 11 chapters of the book.  “This is writing so powerful that it steals your breath…. It perfectly captures the moral confusion that is the legacy of the Vietnam War…” Milwaukee Journal.  At the same time O’Brien moves beyond horror and fear by exploring the nature of courage and the role of the imagination in forming our versions of truth.

See locations, dates and times of the book discussion group meetings below:

Branch Library

Address & Phone

Dates

Time

Slidell Branch
Meeting Room

555 Robert Blvd.
Slidell
985-646-6470

Wed. Sept 12
Wed. Sept 19
Wed. Sept 26

6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

Causeway Branch
Meeting Room

3457 Hwy 190
Mandeville
985-626-9779

Tues. Sept 18
Tues. Sept 25
Tues. Oct 2

6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

For more information on this event, please contact Mimi Nothacker at mimi@stpl.us or 985-893-6280 X120.

All events are free and open to the public, and registration is required. Please stop by the branch library hosting the event to register and collect the book. Upon registration, participants will be given a free copy of the book The Things They Carried.  Seating space is limited to 25 adults.

Visit our website www.sttammanylibrary.org for more information on library sponsored adult programs or comment on St. Tammany Parish Library Adult Programs on Facebook at the following link: https://www.facebook.com/StTammanyParishLibraryAdultPrograms.



 



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