Let’s Talk About It book group …

The Let’s Talk About It book group is off to a good start.  We had a tremendous turn out for out first discussion about  “A Lesson Before Dying” by Ernest Gaines.  Our presenter, Margaret Bauer, is a professor at ECU.  Check below for some information about Prof. Bauer:

“Margaret D. Bauer is the Rives Chair of Southern Literature in the Department of English, a Distinguished Professor of Harriot College of Arts and Science, and the editor of the North Carolina Literary Review. Dr. Bauer was named one of the ten ECU Women of Distinction in 2007, and that same year received the Parnassus Award for Significant Editorial Achievement from the Council of Editors of Learned Journals. Her other ECU honors include the Scholar-Teacher Award in 2004, the Five-Year Achievement Award for Excellence in Research and Creativity Activity in 2008, the Centennial Award for Excellence in Leadership in 2012, and the Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Research and Creative Activity in 2014. She is also a past President of the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association. In 2017, she received the North Carolina Award for Literature from Governor Roy Cooper.”

We had a very lively discussion and learned about the author Ernest Gaines.  Ernest Gaines was born in 1933 in Southern Louisiana.  He was raised by an aunt who was crippled and moved around her kitchen on a cart.  Mr. Gaines was only eligible to be educated to the eighth grade in Louisiana so he then traveled to California to live with his mother and step-father to continue his education.  Most of the author’s stories end tragically.

We also enjoyed some delicious refreshments. Everyone commented on the Lemon Cookies which were a huge success.  Thank you everyone for the great turnout and wonderful participation.

Our next book is “Billy Budd, Sailor” by Herman Melville.  If you have not received your copy of this book, please stop at the Havelock Library Circulation Desk to sign one out.  Our discussion for this book will be Thursday, February 22, 2018 at 6:00 pm with our presenter, Willie Nelms.

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