T.A.L.K. Book Series

T.A.L.K. Book Series
Posted on 09/05/2017
TALK Book Geisha

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“Encountering Asia” Talk About Literature in Kansas

Fall 2017 series at Hutchinson Public Library

RESCHEDULED - Thurs., Sept. 28: MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA, by Arthur Golden

Golden brings alive the often-misunderstood world of what was perhaps the only important career opportunity for traditional Japanese women: mastering the very formal and demanding art of entertaining men.

Dennis Etzel Discussion leader Dennis Etzel Jr. is an instructor of English at Washburn University. He received his M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Kansas. Dennis currently hosts the Top City Poetry Reading Series in Topeka and is Poetry Editor for seven eight five. He joined the KHC TALK program as a discussion leader in 2012.

Tues., Oct. 17: WAITING, by Ha Jin

Jin provides a moving, but disturbing view of Cultural Revolution-era China and human frailties. Lin Kong, a doctor whose duties separate him from his arranged-marriage wife, falls in love with Manna. Lin’s wife won’t agree to divorce. Thus he is “waiting” the 18 years before he can divorce without her consent.

Kim Stanley Discussion leader Kim Stanley chairs the Department of Modern Languages at McPherson College.  She received her Ph.D. in English from the University of Texas at Austin.  Stanley is a former member of the KHC board of directors and has been leading TALK discussions since 1992.

Tues., Nov. 14: AN ARTIST OF THE FLOATING WORLD, by Kazuo Ishiguro

This novel brings the world of mid-20th century Japan to life. The story follows an artist, Masuji Ono, through his early years in the pre-war teahouse culture, his growing support of wartime militarism, and finally his postwar confrontations with that legacy and its consequences for his family.

Linda Lewis Discussion leader Linda M. Lewis recently retired from Bethany College, where she was a professor of English for 27 years.  She received her Ph.D. in English from the University of Nebraska, moved to Lindsborg, Kansas, immediately upon completion of her degree, and has been a TALK leader since 1989.  Lewis is the author of four books and many articles on British writers. Currently, she writes for various journals and is employed as an editor for Wedgestone Press.

To join the first discussion, a limited number of copies of the book, MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA are available to check out at the adult circulation desk. Copies of WAITING will be ready for check out at the Sept. 21 meeting, and AN ARTIST OF THE FLOATING WORLD will be available at the Oct. 17 discussion. For more information about the series, contact Annette, 620-663-5441, ext. 145 or email amsmith59@gmail.com.

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 will furnish the books and discussion leaders for the Hutchinson Public Library.  For more information about KHC, visit www.kansashumanities.org.