Pageturners book club is back with new fall schedule
BY CAMYLE CRYDERMAN
The art of reading is typically done alone, but the addition of open discussion with others often helps clear confusion and provokes thought. Schoolcraft College offers this interactive dialogue through their very own Pageturners book club.
Returning this fall for an exciting year filled with new perspectives and new books, Pageturners has chosen three novels for discussion thus far. Beginning in September, attendees are invited to read “Burying the Typewriter” by Carmen Bugan. This memoir depicts the true story of Bugan’s childhood growing up as a political dissident in Romania. It follows her trials and tribulations, trying to love her protesting father who caused her family to be put on house arrest. This Bakeless Prize winning book is a strong reminder of the dramatic time in Eastern European history that affected so many.
Those who have read the book are encouraged to attend the first meeting on Sept. 24, at 1:15 p.m. in room 530 of the Livonia campus Forum Building. The related movie “Children of the Decree” will be shown, and there will then be further discussion of both the novel and film in room 645 of the Radcliff Center from 4 to 5 p.m. the same day. Open to students, faculty, friends and the public, Pageturners is free to attend, and they invite everyone to try it out.
“I encourage everyone to try Pageturners,” member Danielle Bushaw said. “You’ll strengthen your reading ability and gain a deeper knowledge of what a book may mean, therefore, giving yourself a more vast understanding.”
September discussions on the same novel will finish with meetings on Sept. 28 from 4 to 5 p.m. and Sept. 29 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., both in the Bradner Library room 105. If attendance in September is not possible, there are discussions throughout October and November as well.
October’s discussions will feature the classic “Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley. This timeless piece was published in 1818 and has since been adapted into countless movies, plays and other novels. It follows a young inventor who successfully reanimates a dead body. After being rejected by mankind, this monster realizes how he came to be and seeks revenge on his creator for all the anguish he has endured.
November will host “Station Eleven” by Emily St. John Mandel. This best seller follows the lives of a small group of performers after a flu pandemic wiped out much of modern civilization. The group travels around in hopes of keeping art and humanity alive, but encounters many people that threaten their existence. Set in Michigan, this book has been named the 2015-2016 Great Michigan Read.
Also showing the corresponding “Frankenstein” film on Oct. 22 from 1:15 to 2:30 p.m. in Forum 530 and live performance of “Station Eleven” by the Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company on Nov. 17, each month’s readings are interesting and interactive.
All discussions are led by Schoolcraft students, so attendees feel comfortable and valued in their opinions. Boasting a welcoming environment, Pageturners meetings are meant to provide a platform for members to express new ideas and think about the novels in different ways than they had before.
“Expect to discover new books, discover more about yourself, meet interesting people, feel empowered by sharing your opinions with others and enjoy delicious snacks,” said Pageturners coordinator Elzbieta Rybicka. “Bring your love and enthusiasm for reading, and you’ll fit right in.”
All books chosen for discussion by the Pageturners book club are available for purchase at the Schoolcraft Bookstore, so they are readily accessible for those looking to participate.
Whether searching for a new atmosphere to discuss literature or to learn different ways of interpreting symbolism, the Pageturners book club welcomes all. Through interaction between fellow members and thought-provoking discussion, Pageturners is the perfect intellectual club that encompasses both enjoyment and academics. For more information, visit http://sites.google.com/site/ scpageturners/.