Turning Pages This Fall

Campus Life

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Pageturners feature three books, writing and art competition

By Christopher Falkiewicz, Staff Writer

The Pageturners was founded in 1993 by English Professor Dr. Faye Schuett to unite the book lovers of Schoolcraft and its community. Those who have a passion and drive to read some remarkable books should consider participating in the Pageturners Book Club.

“It reaches an audience 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,” said Professor Ela T. Rybicka the Coordinator of the Pageturners.

This fall Pageturners are reading and discussing three books with the first being “A Doll’s House” by Henrik Ibsen. “A Doll’s House” is the story of an unravelling of a family between Nora and Torvald Helmer where the pair have imagined that they are happily married. However, as Torvald has just been promoted to the position of bank manager, and they believe that all of their money worries are over.

The second book featured is “On Photography” by Susan Sontag, a collection of essays about the role photography plays in capitalism. “On Photography” will be read throughout October.

“Photography is the only ‘language’ understood in all parts of the world, and bridging all nations and cultures, it links the family of man,” said Professor Rybicka. “Independent of political influence–where people are free–it reflects truthfully life and events, allows us to share in the hopes and despair of others, and illuminates political and social conditions.”

The final book The Pageturners will read this fall is “Eat Drink Vote: An Illustrated Guide to Food Politics”. It is a graphic novel by Marion Nestle, which illustrates 250 cartoons on issues ranging from the dietary advice to genetic engineering to childhood obesity. The novel gives insight on the basic questions of the US food system. This can give insight in what a healthy diet entails and encourages readers to vote with their forks for healthier diets.

In addition to the featured books, there will be competitions such as Writing and Art Awards, created to motivate students to read, be inspired, and create back.

The applicant will have to select one of the three books and respond to it creatively in writing or in artwork. The deadline for all submissions is March 25, 2019. There will be a prize of $250 on both the Writing and the Art Contests.

For additional information, contact Professor Rybicka at erybicka@schoolcraft.edu or call 734-462-7191.