Pratt Public Library will offer a four-part book discussion series August through November on the theme “The Entangled World.” Members of the community are invited to attend the free programs, which will take place at the library located at 401 S. Jackson.
The series is sponsored by the Kansas Humanities Council (KHC), a nonprofit cultural organization, as part of its Talk About Literature in Kansas (TALK) program. KHC is furnishing the books and discussion leaders for the Pratt TALK series. For more information about KHC, visit www.kansashumanities.org.
The first meeting is scheduled for Aug. 26 at 7 p.m. Dana Waters will lead a discussion of “Bel Canto” by Ann Patchett. An American opera singer, a Japanese industrialist, a French diplomat with skills in the kitchen, and a translator who falls in love with a Latin American terrorist are taken hostage by revolutionary terrorists in an unnamed Latin American embassy. Low comedy and high suspense, romance and tragedy blend in Patchett’s Orange Prize-winning novel, inspired by the actual seizure of the Japanese ambassador’s residence in Peru by Tupac Amaru guerillas in 1996. Dana Waters is professor emeritus of English and the former chair of the Fine Arts and Humanities Division at Dodge City Community College.
The books in this series highlight the complex interactions of people and cultures, which have been accelerated in recent years by globalization. As a result, whole new languages, technologies, foodways, and lifestyles spring from cultures in collision where new multicultural identities give rise to new literary characters and plots.
As the series continues, readers will discuss “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao” by Junot Diaz on Sept. 23, “People of the Book” by Geraldine Brooks on Oct. 28, and “Anil’s Ghost” by Michael Ondaatje on Nov. 18.
To check out books and for more information about the reading series, contact the library at 672-3041 or firstname.lastname@example.org.