Berry College Associate Professor of English Christina Bucher will lead the discussion of this year's One Book/Many Voices selection, "The Night Train" by Clyde Edgerton.
The first of two community-wide book discussions, hosted by the MLK Commission and One Book/Many Voices, will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24 in the Coosa Room at the Sara Hightower Regional Library. The annual project seeks to foster literacy, encourage dialogue and build community.
"The book focuses on the characters' personal transformation and evolving attitudes toward race, but in the process it sheds light on the impact of the Civil Rights movement on a national and local level. We hope it will encourage people who lived through that time to share their stories with each other and with those too young to remember," said Katherine Powell, who serves on the One Book/Many Voices Committee and is director of Berry's First-Year Experience.
Edgerton is the author of 10 novels, a book of advice, a memoir, and numerous short stories, and essays. He has been a Guggenheim Fellow and five of his novels have been New York Times Notable Books. He is a member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers and is the Thomas S. Kenan III Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing at UNC Wilmington.
A second discussion of "A Call to Conscience: The Landmark Speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.," is planned for January to coincide with the King Holiday.
Written by Student Public Relations Assistant Alyssa Smith