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Reading and Discussion Series on Jewish Literature Begins Sept. 18 at Appalachian

BOONE – The Carol G. Belk Library and Information Commons at Appalachian State University is launching the reading and discussion series “Jewish Literature: Identity and Imagination” beginning Sept. 18. The series is co-sponsored by the Office of Judaic, Holocaust, and Peace Studies, and the Watauga County Library.

The series has been made possible through a grant from Nextbook and the American Library Association.

Rosemary Horowitz, associate professor of English at Appalachian, will lead the five-part series which centers on the theme “A Mind of Her Own: Fathers and Daughters in a Changing World.”

The first book in the series is “Tvye the Dairyman” by Sholem Aleichem. Aleichem’s famous character is an educated workingman in tsarist Russia, struggling to make a living, marry off his many daughters, and-despite a wife who raises cursing to an art form-live an old-fashioned life. Instead, his children present him with all the troubles of a world in transition.

Other books, discussion dates and times are:

“Bread Givers” by Anzia Yezierska

Sunday, Oct. 2, 4 p.m.

“1185 Park Avenue” by Anne Roiphe

Sunday, Oct. 23, 4 p.m.

“American Pastoral” by Philip Roth

Sunday, Nov. 6, 4 p.m.

” Bee Season” by Myla Goldberg

Sunday, Nov. 20, 4 p.m.

Discussions will take place in the library’s lecture hall located on the first floor. Admission is free.

Those interested in attending should register to receive program materials. To register or for more information, contact John Boyd at (828) 262-2827 or Limited copies of each book being discussed are available for checkout at the Carol G. Belk Library and Information Commons and Watauga County Library.

Parking is available free of charge in campus parking lots on Sundays. The closest lots to the library are the lot between Raley Hall and Rivers Street and the small lot behind Plemmons Student Union. Visit the Web site for location of parking lots and the Carol G. Library and Information Commons.

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