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Pageturners to feature riveting reads this fall

By Mariam Ahmad Campus Life Editor

If you have a passion for literature and are looking for an engaging place to channel your love of reading, look no further than Schoolcraft’s Pageturners Book Club.
Join others who agree that there’s no better way to spend free time than curling up with a great book. Pageturners will be focusing on three novels this fall semester and recommend other students, staff and faculty to consider joining in on book and panel discussions throughout the semester.


September’s featured novel is Ernest Thompson’s “On Golden Pond” is a 1979 play based on the growing relationship between an elderly man and a young teenager, which ultimately teaches him how to become a better father to his adult daughter, the boy’s stepmother. The playwright is coveted for its lessons in cherishing life’s moments and relationships with family, along with one of the most genuine and realistic love stories in modern literature. “On Golden Pond” was adapted to the Silver Screen in 1981 and won many awards.
On Tuesday Sept. 26, from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Bradner Library room L105 a book discussion will take place. Also on that evening there will be a movie screening of On Golden Pond in Liberal Arts room LA200 from 6:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Theatre Department Professor Paul Beer will be on hand for the introduction.


Octobers’ featured novel is “X: A Novel by Ilyasah Shabazz and Kekla Magoon.” “X: A Novel” is a nonfiction read on the formative years in the life of Malcolm X, one of the most controversially influential African-American leaders in history. The book details his orphaned childhood to early adult years and how he defied the odds in finding his faith, courage and revolutionary voice. Unlike other biographies, it has been co-written by X’s third daughter Ilyasah Shabazz, giving more of a personal angle to his story. “X: A Novel” was recently awarded the Great Michigan Read title by the Michigan Humanities Council.
On Thursday, Oct. 12, Pageturners will host a “Meet the Author: Conversation and Book Signing” with Shabazz in which Shabazz will sign and discuss her latest work with the campus community. This event will take place from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. in VisTaTech room VT550. At the end of the month Oct. 31 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Bradner Library room L105 a book discussion will take place.


November’s featured novel is “The Trial.” “The Trial” is one of the best known works of Franz Kafka, telling the story of Joseph, a man persecuted by the law without committing any crime. He pleads his innocence but no one listens in a court and law system corrupted by bribery. Joseph must find a way to prove his innocence amid such depravity.
Several events are scheduled for this novel. On Thursday Nov. 9 from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. a Panel Discussion will take place in LA200. On, Tuesday Nov. 14, a book discussion will take place in L105. To close out the semester, a movie screening will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in LA200.
“If you join Pageturners Book Club, we will encourage you to read more, tempt you to explore outside genres you don’t normally read and provide opportunities to make new friends. Together we will learn about different cultures, not only by reading books but also through sharing our different backgrounds and viewpoints. Pageturners is a fantastic place to sharpen your communication skills by expressing your ideas and listening to the opinions of others,” explained Professor Elzbieta T. Rybicka, club coordinator.
Keep in mind that this isn’t your ordinary book club that only meets to chat all things books over food. Pageturners holds book-related events, including engaging discussions, film presentations, exclusive author visits, book signings and exhibits throughout the year.
“Pageturners is a Schoolcraft College reading and discussion book club that targets students, faculty, staff and community friends,” said Rybicka. “It reaches audiences through the shared experience of reading the same book and shows that reading can be a source of pleasure, a tool for self-exploration and a meaningful way to connect to the wider world.”
With any questions or for more information on the Pageturners Book Club and their contest, contact Professor Elzbieta Rybicka at 734-426-7191.