Discover Literature with Kansas Connections

Book discussions Spring '17
Talk About Literature in Kansas discussion series
Posted on 01/18/2017
Spring 2017 Titles

Hutchinson Public Library invites adults to discover "Literature with Kansas Connections" by participating in our Spring 2017 Talk About Literature in Kansas book discussion series running February through April. All of the programs are free and groups will meet in the 2nd floor library auditorium.

The series is sponsored by the Kansas Humanities Council (KHC), a nonprofit cultural organization, as part of itsTalk About Literature in Kansas (TALK) program. KHC is furnishing the books and discussion leaders for the Hutchinson TALK series.  For more information about KHC,visit

The first meeting is scheduled for Thursday, February 16, at 6:30 p.m.  Discussion Leader Diane Quantic will lead a discussion of ONE SOLDIER’S STORY by Bob Dole. “Long before he was a United States senator, Bob Dole was first a boy growing up in Russell, Kansas. Although Soldier’s Story focuses on his wartime years with a gripping account of the years he spent recovering from his wounds, themes of family and community are a vital part of the story.” Discussion Leader Diane Quantic is retired from teaching English at Wichita State University.  She received her Ph.D. in literature from Kansas State University. Quantic has been leading KHC TALK discussions since 1988.

Each book in this series offers a different window through which to look at modern-day Kansas.  The authors bring together questions involving gender, ethnicity, time, and perspective.  Each picture of a highly-individualized Kansas experience brings readers to an understanding of our common experiences as Kansans.

The series continues with NOT WITHOUT LAUGHTER, by Langston Hughes on Tuesday, March 14, THE CENTER OF EVERYTHING, by Laura Moriarty on April 4.

To check out books and for more information about the reading series, contact Annette at Hutchinson Public Library, 620-663-5441, ext. 132 or


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