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 Book Review Luncheon – Friday, May 2, 2014

Donna Tartt wins the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction for The Goldfinch

book-cover-goldfinchThe next Friends of the Brown Library Book Review Luncheon will be held on Friday, May 2nd .  The book being reviewed will be The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt.

The story centers on a young boy in New York City, Theo Decker, who miraculously survives an accident that takes the life of his mother. Alone and determined to avoid being taken in by the city as an orphan, Theo scrambles between nights in friends’ apartments and alone on the city streets. He becomes entranced by the one thing that reminds him of his mother, a small, mysteriously captivating painting that soon draws Theo into the art underworld.

Stephen King reviewed the book for the New York Times and described The Goldfinch as “a rarity that comes along perhaps half a dozen times per decade, a smartly written literary novel that connects with the heart as well as the mind…Donna Tartt has delivered an extraordinary work of fiction.”

The presenter of this book review, Dr. Laura Dickinson, describes herself as a writer who also teaches as an Associate Professor of English-Composition at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

She moved to Williamsport in 2005 with her husband and daughter to work at Penn College.  Before moving to Williamsport, Dr. Dickinson taught at Capital College and Bowie State University – both located in Maryland.

Dr. Laura Dickinson, Associate Professor of English-Composition

Dr. Laura Dickinson, Associate Professor of English-Composition

Dr. Dickinson received her Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctorate from the University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland.  Her research and teaching reflect an interest in 19th and 20th century American poetry (major figures:  Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman); creative writing; colonial and 19th century American literature; and television.

The Book Review Luncheons are held in the Lowry Room on the third floor of the Welch Family Wing of the library starting at noon with a light lunch that you can purchase for $6.00.  To reserve a lunch call the library’s information desk at 570-326-0536 on Wednesday before the event (Apr. 30) before 3:00 PM. Or you may choose to bring your own bag lunch or takeout.

Those interested in the review alone may attend the 12:30 talk without having lunch.  Metered parking is close by in the Market Street lot adjacent to the Welch Wing.

Book Review Luncheons will resume in the Fall.

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