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Every spring and fall the library participates in the Kansas Humanities Council T.A.L.K. series (Talk About Literature in Kansas). The titles in the series are really good books , some classics, some unknowns and they  all address the theme of  the individual series. The book discussions are led by knowledgeable, well read individuals who offer wonderful insight and background on the book. We get into some pretty meaty discussions about the story and life.

This fall we are reading four different books on the theme Coming of Age in Rural America.  Our first book is Winter Wheat by Mildred Walker.  The books are available now and our discussion is Monday, September 19th at 2:00.

Winter Wheat is the story of a girl living on a dry wheat ranch in Montana in the early 1940’s. At the beginning of the story Ellen Webb is 18 and looking to her future—a future determined by each season, each crop of wheat, each hailstorm and winter snowfall.  This is a true coming-of-age story, covering a year and a half of Ellen’s life as she grows from a child to an adult. Raised by her stolid, quiet Russian mother and her frail New Englander father, Ellen knows little about the world and even less about love. She must come to understand her own parents’ relationship in order to understand herself and the world around her. In the process of understanding them, she learns that love, like dark winter wheat, can grow and survive amid the harshest of conditions.

Our discussion leader will be Marilyn Klaus, a lecturer with Religious Studies and African and African America Studies at K.U. She has been leading book TALK discussions since 2008.

I hope you can join us.


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