The University of Idaho Library will host a free five-part reading and discussion series called “Let’s Talk About It: Jewish Literature – Identity and Imagination.” The series explores Jewish literature and culture through discussions of graphic novels led by Dr. Walter Hesford. The library’s series will explore the theme of “Modern Marvels: Jewish Adventures in the Graphic Novel.” The library is one of 95 libraries nationwide receiving grants to host the series developed by Nextbook and the American Library Association (ALA).
The first program will explore A Contract with God by Will Eisner and will be held September 6, 2007 at 7pm. All programs will be held at the University of Idaho Library. For details, please contact Ben Hunter, 208/885-5858, email@example.com.
Additional books will be discussed at the University of Idaho Library at 7pm every three weeks. These books are The Complete Maus by Art Spiegelman (September 27), Julius Knipl, Real Estate Photographer by Ben Katchor (October 18), The Quitter by Harvey Pekar (November 8), and The Rabbi’s Cat by Joann Sfar (November 29).
Each discussion will be led by Walter Hesford. A professor in the University of Idaho’s Department of English since 1979, Hesford has published and taught on subjects ranging from contemporary Chinese culture to Native American literature to Jewish and Christian biblical literature. Known to his colleagues and students as an engaging and energetic scholar, Hesford will bring a unique and fascinating perspective to these five graphic novels.
The books that are being discussed can be borrowed from the University of Idaho Library and the Moscow Public Library and can be purchased from Bookpeople and Safari Pearl Comics in Moscow.
More information about the University of Idaho Library can be found at www.lib.uidaho.edu.