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KENT MEMORIAL LIBRARY SPRING BOOK DISCUSSION SERIES: RUSSIAN WRITING: THE LAST 200 YEARS

Press Release 2/8/16 (Kent, Connecticut) – The spring book discussion series at Kent Memorial Library will start up again late March. The 2016 program will touch on 200 years of writing by Russians.

First up are short stories by the early nineteenth century writer Nicolai Gogol.  We will follow this with a novel from the later part of that century, Ivan Turgenev’s Fathers and Sons, published a year after the emancipation of the serfs.  Moving on to the twentieth century, we will read Aleksandr Solzenitsyn’s One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, set in the Gulag but miraculously published in the USSR before the author was expelled.  Our final book will be the recent twenty-first century work by David Bezmogis, The Betrayers, set at a crossroads of contemporary conflict.

Thursday, March 24 Short Stories: The Overcoat, The Nose by Nicolai Gogol
Thursday, April 21 Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev
Thursday, May 19 One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzenitsyn
Thursday, June 16 The Betrayers by David Bezmogis

The Kent Memorial Library Book Discussion Group meets once a month on Thursdays from 5:00 to 6:15 p.m. in the Reading Room. The meetings are free and open to the public. The Library makes every effort to supply books, but requests that people sign up for the meetings so that they know how many copies to order.

Discussion is conducted by Betty Krasne, PhD, writer, professor emerita, and long time Kent resident. Betty Krasne, Ph.D., a writer and retired professor of literature who lives in Kent, leads the discussions.

Copies of the first title, Short Stories: The Overcoat, The Nose by Nicolai Gogol will be available at the front desk at the Library.