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Cornette Library to Host Third Session in Literary Reflections Series

Aug. 13, 2014

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

Cornette Library to Host Third Session in Literary Reflections Series

CANYON, Texas—Cornette Library at West Texas A&M University will host the third session of its Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys—Literary Reflections series with a discussion on Snow by Orhan Pamuk and translated by Maureen Freely beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21 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).

Snow, a novel about the political and social tensions of modern Turkey, focuses on Ka, a poet in political exile who returns to Istanbul for his mother’s funeral. He is commissioned by a newspaper to write about the suicides of the headscarf girls—women who resist the ban on wearing the headscarf in public. As he trudges through the snow, Ka’s search introduces the reader to Turkish traditionalism and secularism while building on a complex plot of characters, their loyalties, culture and politics. The book's author is a native of Istanbul and many of his works reflect his life growing up there. He dreamed of being a painter and an architect but at the age of 23, Pamuk decided to become a novelist. His first novel, Cevdet Bey and His Sons, was published seven years later. He is now the author of more than 15 books and the recipient of numerous awards including the 2006 Nobel Prize in literature.

The remaining books in the Literary Reflections series and the discussion dates are 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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