JVBL Reads Gatsby focuses on ‘The Great Gatsby’
The James V. Brown Library will be launching a JVBL Reads Gatsby program, celebrating the book, The Great Gatsby, with Pennsylvania College of Technology and the Community Theatre League in November.
We’re celebrating F. Scott Fitzgerald’s tale of the jazz age and encouraging all of you to read the book and engage in events which explore its themes and its context.
JVBL Reads Gatsby hopes to encourage our community to read the same book at the same time and share it with friends and family as a way to champion the love of reading. With the help of a grant from the Friends of the James V. Brown Library, several events are planned in the community.
The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, is a popular classic in American fiction. Since its publication in 1925, it has become a touchstone for generations of readers and writers and has been adapted into several theatrical and cinematic productions, including the recent The Great Gatsby movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio.
The Friends of the James V. Brown Library will host a book review luncheon at noon Friday, Nov. 1, on the third floor of the Welch Family Wing. Dr. Debra S. Morris, a faculty member at Pennsylvania College of Technology, will speak about the topic, “The Women in the Great Gatsby.” Book review luncheons are open to the public and are free of charge unless participants choose to order the light lunch that is available. There is a fee for the lunch, which can be reserved by calling the library Information Desk at 326-0536 no later than 3 p.m. the Wednesday prior to the talk. Bag lunch or takeouts also are welcome. Those interested may attend the 12:30 p.m. talk without lunch.
During November 1 First Friday events, the Library will feature 1920s music by local musician Steve Sutherlan from 5-8 p.m.
The Library will show the Baz Luhrmann’s 2013 film version of The Great Gatsby starring Leonardo DiCaprio from 6-8 p.m. Friday, November 8 and from 2-4 p.m. Thursday, November 14 in the Lowry Theater.
There is no fee to attend, feel free to bring your own snacks.
Also in conjunction with the JVBL Reads Gatsby initiative, the Community Theatre League, 100 W. Fourth St., will hold auditions for its “Great Gatsby” student production at 7 p.m. November 10 & 11 for high school students. The play will be performed January 9-11.
Assistant Professor John Poritsky will present a lecture about Fitzgerald’s background and literary legacy on December 5 at 6 PM.
From November 14-December 15, the Gallery at Penn College will feature “The Art and Illustrations of Zelda Fitzgerald.” Widely recognized as an icon of the Jazz Age, Zelda Fitzgerald was also an artist, writer and dancer. Though she had the freedom to explore her own aspirations during her marriage to literary giant F. Scott Fitzgerald, Zelda’s pursuits were often overlooked or discounted. The exhibition celebrates Zelda Fitzgerald’s creative life and artwork and features cityscapes, fairy tales, biblical images and more, all gouache on paper. This collection is on loan from Cecilia Ross, granddaughter of Zelda Fitzgerald. An opening reception will take place from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday, November 14 at the Gallery.
We are encouraging you to read this classic. JVBL Reads Gatsby events will be offered from November 2013 through January 2014. Thanks to the Scranton Public Library, there are more than 250 copies of “The Great Gatsby” to borrow, available at the Library.