Butler County Times Gazette
  • Rabas to lead book discussion

  • Kevin J. Rabas of Emporia State University will lead a discussion of “Life of Pi” by Yann Martel at 10:30 a.m. on April 5 at the Augusta Public Library, 1609 State.
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  • Kevin J. Rabas of Emporia State University will lead a discussion of “Life of Pi” by Yann Martel at 10:30 a.m. on April 5 at the Augusta Public Library, 1609 State.
    This is the second book in a three-part “Reader’s Choice” series.
    A boy’s family perishes when their ship sinks in the Atlantic; he survives, adrift in a 26-foot life boat for 227 days. His shipmate: a 450-pound Bengal tiger. No, this is not a fantasy tiger that embodies human qualities and philosophizes with his human companion; it is a real, dangerous carnivore and Pi Patel must employ all his knowledge and cunning to survive. Martel’s story is filled with gripping tension, fascinating views of animal behavior, reflections on the spiritual life, and an unforgettable narrator.
    The Talk About Literature in Kansas (TALK) book discussion series is provided by the Kansas Humanities Council (KHC), a nonprofit cultural organization with over 40 years of experience promoting understanding of the history and ideas that shape our lives and build community. For more information, visit www.kansashumanities.org.
    Kevin J. Rabas is an associate professor of English at Emporia State University, where he co-directs the Creative Writing Program. He received his Ph.D. in English from the University of Kansas. Rabas joined the KHC TALK program as a discussion leader in 2008.
    To check out books and for more information about the reading series, contact Carol Courtwright at the Augusta Public Library, 775-2681.

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