2008.01.23> For Immediate Release
contact: Becky Bohan Brown - University Relations
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"Let's Talk About It: Jewish Literature" Series Planned for Criss Library
Omaha - The Council Bluffs Public Library will host a free five-part reading and discussion series called "Let's Talk About It: Jewish Literature – Identity and Imagination." Local support for the series is provided by the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Dr. CC and Mabel L. Criss Library and the Kripke Jewish Federation Library.
The series explores Jewish literature and culture through scholar-led discussions of contemporary and classic books on a common theme. The library's series will explore the theme of "Modern Marvels: Jewish Adventures in the Graphic Novel." The library is one of more than 250 libraries nationwide receiving grants to host the series developed by Nextbook and the American Library Association.
The first program will explore A Contract With God: And Other Testament Stories by Will Eisner and will be held Sunday, Jan. 27, at 2 p.m. The discussion will take place at Criss Library. The first two programs will be held at Criss Library; the remaining programs will be held at the Council Bluffs Public Library, 400 Willow Ave. For details or to register, visit http://www.cbpl.lib.ia.us or contact Lynn Friesner at (712) 323-7553 ext. 135, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
"We are delighted to have been chosen to host this unique series that will allow patrons a chance to discuss themes in Jewish literature with fellow community members and with the help of a well-qualified scholar," said Barbara Peterson, Council Bluffs Public Library director.
Additional books will be discussed monthly. These books are: The Complete Maus: A Survivor's Tale by Art Spiegelman, Feb. 17; Julius Knipl, Real Estate Photographer: Stories by Ben Katchor, March 30; The Quitter, by Harvey Pekar, April 13; and The Rabbi's Cat by Joann Sfar, May 18.
Joan Latchaw, graduate supervisor with the UNO Department of English, will lead a discussion of the book at each session. Dr. Latchaw was the scholar for the 2006 "Let's Talk About It: Jewish Literature Series, A Mind of Her Own: Fathers and Daughters in a Changing World" and the 2007 "Let's Talk About It: Jewish Literature Series, Neighbors, The World Next Door."
For more information, contact Marvel Maring, fine arts and humanities reference librarian at Criss Library, at (402) 554-2992 or email@example.com.
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