Pageturner’s Book Club offers reading and discussion on American history

By Lauren Lukens
Campus Life Editor

During the month of September, the Pageturners Book Club will be reading “All My Sons” by Arthur Miller. All students, faculty, staff, administrators, and community friends are welcome to join lively discussions of the play and a movie screening.

The play depicts the life of Joe Keller and Herbert Deever, partners in a machine shop during World War II, who caused the deaths of many men by turning out defective airplane parts. While Deever was sent to prison, Keller escaped punishment and became wealthy. It is the winner of the Drama Critics’ Award for Best New Play in 1947 and established Miller’s voice in the American theatre.

“This powerful post-war drama about social responsibility and personal trust is a moving portrait of an American family caught in a collision of ethics, loyalties, and love. The Schoolcraft Theatre Department will be producing “All My Sons” this semester, and thanks to the generosity of the Liberal Arts Division, our book club will be able to offer a few theatre tickets to our readers,” said Professor Elzbieta Rybicka, Pageturners Book Club Coordinator.

Readers are welcome to join for a book discussion in the Bradner Library from 4–5 p.m. on Sept. 23, in the Bradner Library from 1:30–2:30 p.m. on Sept. 24, and in the Radcliff Center RC 645 from 4–5 p.m. on Sept. 26. A movie presentation of All My Sons will be held in MC 200 from 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. on Sept. 25.

Pageturners Fall 2013 Schedule

In October, the Pageturners will be reading “Train Dreams: A Novela” by Dennis Johnson. The story tells the life of a day-laborer, Robert Grainier, in the American West at the start of the 20th century. His personal defeats and changes that transform America are entailed in the novel. Readers immerse in the history and landscapes of the West to capture the disappearance of a distinctly American lifestyle.

November’s book is “Black Rain” by Rajah E. Smart. When a fender-bender occurs between a young man and woman driving home from opposite locations, they are forced to confront preconceived ideas of each other until the police arrive. On a late evening in Detroit in the winter of 2012, the two culturally different strangers prove that where you come from does not indicate where or whom a person belongs with.

Pageturners Book Club discussions are free to the public and are facilitated by Schoolcraft students. If interested, readers are encouraged to pick up one of the books at a bookstore or online, and share their thoughts at discussion.

“We will encourage you to read more, tempt you to explore outside genres you 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. Finally, it is fun,” Rybicka said.