Hutchinson Public Library will offer a four-part book discussion series September through November entitled "On the Lighter Side." Members of the community are invited to attend the free programs, which will take place at Hutchinson Public Library, 901 N Main Street.
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 is furnishing the books and discussion leaders for the Hutchinson TALK series. For more information about KHC, visit www.kansashumanities.org.
The first meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, September 17 at 6:30 p.m. Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg will lead a discussion of STANDING IN THE RAINBOW by Fannie Flagg. Flagg takes us to Elmwood Springs, Missouri, where we meet Bobby Smith, a 10-year-old living an idyllic postwar boyhood; his mother, Neighbor Dorothy, broadcasts her Midwest housewife’s radio show; and later on, Tot Whooten, a very incompetent hairdresser; mortician Cecil Figgs; Hamm Sparks, the tractor salesman turned politician and many, many others. Discussion Leader Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, Lawrence, is a professor at Goddard College, Plainfield, Vermont, through a low-residency program.
"On the Lighter Side" authors portray worlds populated with off-kilter, eccentric characters thinking and doing unusual things. They make their characters funny and even lovable. Seen through the lens of warm, appreciative humor, maddening things become funny and bearable. The strange becomes the charming; local quirkiness becomes universal humanity.
The series continues with WALKING ACROSS EGYPT by Clyde Edgerton on October 3, QUITE A YEAR FOR PLUMS, by Bailey White on October 24, and HOW ELIZABETH BARRETT BROWNING SAVED MY LIFE by Mameve Medwed on November 14.