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Cornette Library to Host Second Session in Literary Reflections Series

July 10, 2014

COPY BY: Rana McDonald, 806-651-2129, rmcdonald@wtamu.edu

Cornette Library to Host Second Session in Literary Reflections Series

CANYON, Texas—Cornette Library at West Texas A&M University will host the second session of its Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys—Literary Reflections series with a discussion on The Conference of the Birds by Farid ud-din Attar and translated by Afkham Darbandi and Dick Davis beginning at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 15 at the Southwest Branch of the Amarillo Public Library. Dr. Pat Tyrer, associate professor of English, will lead the discussion.

The library is one of a small group of libraries nationwide that have received this additional funding for a second Muslim Journeys series. Funding for Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys is provided by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association (ALA).

The Conference of the Birds is a 12th-century tome that offers a glimpse into the world of Persian Sufi literature through poetry. It tells the story of spiritual transformation as birds of the world search for Simorgh, the king of all birds. The reader joins the birds on a soul-searching journey where spiritual awareness is the guide and the poem’s ending reflects the Sufi notion that God is everywhere. The epic poem reveals that arts and religion are linked and understanding that concept requires exploring the world of culture and literature.

The remaining books in the series and the discussion dates are Snow, by Orhan Pamuk, translated by Maureen Freely, Aug. 21; Dreams of Trespass: Tales of a Harem Girlhood by Fatima Mernissi, Sept. 18; and Minaret by Leila Aboulela, Oct. 30. All sessions are scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Amarillo Public Library, Southwest Branch. Ten free copies of each title are available for those attending.

All of the books to be discussed in this series are part of the Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys. The Bridging Cultures Bookshelf is a project of NEH, conducted in cooperation with the ALA Public Programs Office, with support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Additional support for the arts and media components was provided by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Arts.

For information about Cornette Library and its resources and services, please visit the library’s website at wtamu.edu/library. For more information about the Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys series, contact Mary Jarvis at 806-651-2225 or at mjarvis@wtamu.edu.


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