The Augusta Public Library’s book discussion series “Living With the Land” continues at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 4.   Members of the community are invited to attend the free program, which will take place at the library, 1609 State.

The series is sponsored by the Kansas Humanities Council, a nonprofit cultural organization, as part of its Talk About Literature in Kansas (TALK) program.  the Council’s Resource Center is furnishing the books and discussion leaders for the Augusta TALK series.
Janet Juhnke, a retired professor of English.  At Kansas Wesleyan University, and academic dean and chair of the Humanities Division, will lead next Saturday’s discussion on The Good Earth.  Janet is a graduate of Bethel College and received her Ph.D. in literature from the University of Kansas.  She is a former member of the Kansas Humanities Council Board of Directors and has been active as a discussion leader for the KHC TALK program since 1985.

The Good Earth is a novel by Pearl S. Buck published in 1931 and awarded the Pulitzer Prize for the Novel in 1932.

The novel described Chinese village culture in detail and helped prepare Americans of the 1930s to consider Chinese as allies in the coming war with Japan.

Nature has often been viewed as an enemy to be tamed, conquered, or endured.  But modern times have seen the advent of an increasingly overpowering technology.  Readers of this series will ask themselves what the place of nature can or should be, when the world is becoming increasingly complex and “unnatural.”