Great Books Program in Full Swing at Cape Public Library


Hamblin to Lead Great Books Discussion of Faulkner’s ‘As I Lay Dying’

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Oct. 4, 2005 – Dr. Robert Hamblin, a professor of English and director of the Center for Faulkner Studies at Southeast Missouri State University, will lead the Great Books discussion of William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying at the Cape Girardeau Public Library on Wednesday, Oct. 12.

The event is scheduled for 2 to 4 p.m. in the Hirsch Room of the library at 711 N. Clark.

Hamblin was one of three professors invited to teach Faulkner novels to the Oprah Winfrey Book Club during the recent Summer of Faulkner on the Oprah.com Web site.  Even though the Oprah Faulkner project has ended, Hamblin’s video lectures and commentaries on As I Lay Dying may still be accessed on the Oprah.com site.

The Great Books program will continue Oct. 26 with a discussion of John Barry’s Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How It Changed America. Dr. Frank Nickell, director of the Center for Regional History at Southeast Missouri State University, will lead the discussion along with Bob Nally, a retired riverboat captain from Charleston, Mo.

 Other books to be discussed on the Great Books 2005 schedule include: Nov. 9–Isabel Fonseca’s Bury Me Standing: The Gypsies and their Journey; Nov. 30ᾰJoann Sfar’s The Rabbi’s Cat; and Dec. 14ᾰEdward P. Jones’ The Known World.

All Great Books discussions are held from 2-4 p.m. in the Cape Girardeau Public Library’s Hirsch Room. Participants need to acquire the books being discussed on their own.

For more information, call the Center for Regional History at Southeast Missouri State University at (573) 651-2555.