The TALK (Talk About Literature in Kansas) program is presented to us by the Kansas Humanities Council. Each year, a theme and its books are selected by the Meade Friends of the Library. The Friends have sponsored this program since 1986.
The theme for the 2013 TALK program is “British Classics.” The books are: Emma by Jane Austen, Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, and The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot.
Americans owe their long-standing love affair with the novel to the British writers who defined the genre in the 19th century. In this series, you will be introduced to heroines and heroes who are young, romantic, headstrong and — in a world steeped in convention and class distinctions — a bit rebellious. It’s a leisurely world of country villages, gentlemen farmers, and rural virtue — but one in which ladies aren’t always content to ride side-saddle and the downtrodden aren’t always resigned to their lot in life.
In the longing for social acceptance and individual freedom, for marriage and independence, for tradition and personal happiness, these books explore themes as universal today as they were 150 years ago. At the same time, they are light years removed from the fast pace of modern society. These are books to savor, enchanted worlds to visit, enjoy, and return to again and again
Maggie is finally poised to escape her painful past and to enter into the intoxicating world of higher society, despite the warnings of her more cautious brother.
September 7 (Saturday), 2:00 p.m., Meade Library Community Room
Discussion Leader: Jennifer Krisuk (English instructor at Dodge City Community College)
Plain, penniless Jane Eyre finds unexpected happiness as the governess at the mansion of Thornfield — but the mansion’s secrets threaten to destroy both Jane and her beloved Mr. Rochester
September 21 (Saturday), 2:00 p.m., Meade Library Community Room
Discussion Leader: Linda Lewis (Professor of English at Bethany College, Lindsborg KS)
Beautiful, accomplished Emma, the heroine of this 19th century comedy of manners, has only one fault: her love of matchmaking. But, she finds out the hard way that people don’t fall in love according to plan.
October 5 (Saturday), 2:00 p.m., Meade Library Community Room
Discussion Leader: Anne Hawkins (Teaches History at Washburn University, Topeka KS)
Gabriel Oak watches Bathsheba, the impulsive young mistress of Weatherby Farm, enter into an unhappy marriage — as unaware as she that fate will finally bring them together.
October 19 (Saturday), 2:00 p.m., Meade Library Community Room
Discussion Leader: Rachel Goossen (Associate Professor of History at Washburn University, Topeka KS)