The Literary Lions book club – sponsored by the Alumni Association and Spiva Library – will hold its final meeting of the summer next week, but plans are already underway for the fall semester.
Henry “Bud” Morgan, a retired member of the English department faculty, spoke this week as the group gathered to discuss its current selection, “Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice.” The book was selected to tie in with the “Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle” grant and programming from the spring 2014 semester.
The Literary Lions will meet at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 30, in the library for a final discussion about the book.
This fall, the featured book will be “Bliss,” by O.Z. Livaneli. The author will speak on campus in January, and book club members will have dinner with him. The book will also be read by all freshmen in the University Experience course.
The book focuses on the intersecting lives of three characters – a rural village girl in Turkey who is condemned to death, a commando in the Turkish army and a Harvard educated professor.
“Typically, the Literary Lions read the Common Read each fall,” said Wendy McGrane, director of Spiva Library. “We read three books per year – fall, spring and summer. In the spring we have read the books authored by the Jeans’ Lecture speakers, library grant books or anything else that we find interesting.
“In the summer, it’s often lighter fare … though not so much this summer. We also usually have a faculty member with expertise in the subject matter serve as our moderator.”
Selections have ranged from Charlotte Bronte’s “Jane Eyre” and the short stories of Mark Twain to Gillian Flynn’s recent bestseller “Gone Girl.”
The cost to participate is a $25 donation, said Lee Elliff Pound, director of the Alumni Association.
“At the end of the session, the book is donated back to the library with a special bookplate,” she said. “In the fall, readers will be able to keep a copy of the book and get it autographed by the author.”
To join the Literary Lions or to learn more about the program, contact Pound at ext. 9355 or Pound-L@mssu.edu.