Etzel to Lead Book Discussion
Dennis Etzel of Washburn University will lead a discussion of All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 5, at the Augusta Public Library.
This is the second book in a three-part “The 1930s” series. Robert Penn Warren was a novelist, but he thought of his work as a sort of history as well. As he writes in his novel: “And what we students of history always learn is that the human being is a very complicated contraption and that they are not good or bad but are good and bad and the good comes out of the bad and the bad out of the good, and the devil take the hindmost.” The devil in question here is Huey Long, the notorious Louisiana governor who provided Warren a model for his main character, Willie Stark.
The series is sponsored by the Kansas Humanities Council (KHC), a nonprofit cultural organization, as part of its Talk About Literature in Kansas (TALK) program. KHC is furnishing the books and discussion leaders, supported by a gift from the Emporia State University Center for Great Plains Studies. For more information about KHC, visit www.kansashumanities.org.
Dennis Etzel Jr. is an instructor of English at Washburn University. He received his M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Kansas. Etzel joined the KHC TALK program as a discussion leader in 2012.
To check out books and for more information about the reading series, contact the Augusta Public Library at 775-2681 or at augustapubliclibrary.com.
Annual Author’s Brunch
There’s still time to purchase your ticket to the 19th Annual Author’s Brunch, at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12 at the Augusta Public Library.
Tickets may be purchased at the Library for $10. The price includes a delicious brunch catered by Jayleen Catering.
Judith McCoy Miller will be the guest author.