Parsons Public Library announces a three-part book discussion series scheduled for the fall on the theme “On the Lighter Side.”
The novels in this series contain characters that are not only funny, but also lovable. Their worlds are populated with off-kilter, eccentric characters thinking and doing unusual things. Seen through the lens of warm, appreciative humor, maddening things become funny and bearable. The strange becomes charming; local quirkiness becomes universal humanity.
The first discussion, scheduled for Monday, September 12, at 6:30 pm, features How Elizabeth Barrett Browning Saved My Life by Mameve Medwed. Harvard dropout Abby Randolph sells eclectic antiques. After being dumped by her lover and losing her mother in an earthquake, things begin to look up when Abby makes an appearance on Antiques Roadshow with what turns out to be Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s chamber pot.
The discussion leader will be Deborah E. Peterson. Ms. Peterson is an instructor of Chinese language and East Asian civilization at the University of Kansas. She is a Ph.D. candidate in Chinese Anthropology with the University of Chicago and received her M.A. in Chinese from the University of Michigan.
Copies of the book are available now for check-out.
The series continues with discussions on Standing in the Rainbow by Fannie Flagg (October 17), and Walking Across Egypt by Clyde Edgerton (November 14). All book discussions begin at 6:30 pm in the multipurpose room of the library.
The series is sponsored by the Kansas Humanities Council, a nonprofit cultural organization, as part of its Talk About Literature in Kansas (TALK) program. The Council is furnishing the books and discussion leaders for the Parsons TALK series. For more information about KHC, visit www.kansashumanities.org.
Members of the community are invited to attend the free programs, which will take place at the library, 311 South 17th St. To check out books and for more information about the reading series, contact the library at 620-421-5920.