Brown Library and Lycoming College partner for CollegeTown Book Chat Society programs



The James V. Brown Library and Snowden Library of Lycoming College have collaborated for a year-long book discussion group.

The CollegeTown Book Chat Society is a joint effort to engage members of the Lycoming College community and patrons of James V. Brown Library in a yearlong exploration of books from different genres focused on a single theme. For this coming year, the group has chosen six books related to World War I in honor of its centennial.

The group will meet every other month. The sixth and final meeting will be held at noon on Tuesday, July 21st at the Snowden Library, third floor on the campus of Lycoming College.  The final book to be discussed will be the historical novel Wake by Anna Hope.

The story unfolds over the course of five days, as three women must deal with the aftershocks of World War I and its impact on the men in their lives.
Wake: 1) Emerge or cause to emerge from sleep. 2) Ritual for the dead. 3) Consequence or aftermath.

The lives of these three women are braided together, their stories gathering tremendous power as the ties that bind them become clear, and the body of the unknown soldier moves closer and closer to its final resting place.

“The James V. Brown Library is so excited to focus on World War I this year and to begin a new collaboration with the Snowden Library,” said Melissa Rowse, assistant director of the Brown Library. “We hope to build social and civic literacy by connecting the community with conversations around books.”

Registration is encouraged but not required and may be made by clicking here.

Books are available for checkout from both libraries.  Bring a brown bag lunch. Drinks provided.

The reading list for the year and upcoming meeting dates are:

  • Nonfiction: “The Zimmermann Telegram” by Barbara W. Tuchman, 12 p.m. Sept. 23, James V. Brown Library.
  • Mystery: “Shoulder the Sky” by Anne Perry, 12 p.m. Nov. 18, Snowden Library, Lycoming College.
  • Biography: “The Red Fighter Pilot: The Autobiography of the Red Baron” by Manfred von Richthofen, 12 p.m. Jan. 20, James V. Brown Library.
  • Women: “Fighting on the Home Front: The Legacy of Women in World War One” by Kate Adie, 12 p.m. March 17, Snowden Library, Lycoming College.
  • Thriller: “The Star of Istanbul” by Robert Olen Butler, 12 p.m. May 19, James V. Brown Library.
  • Historical Fiction: “Wake” by Anna Hope, 12 p.m. July 21, Snowden Library, Lycoming College.

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