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Wednesday's Table Talk examines 'The Help'

 

Special to The Dispatch

 

The Friends of the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library continues its Table Talk series Sept. 14 with an examination of Kathryn Stockett''s best-selling novel "The Help." Members of a local book discussion group, The Sisters, will analyze the book''s setting, its taut 1960s historical context, and focus on the complex relationships among the main characters.  

 

The Sisters'' opening presentation sets the stage for a wider discussion of the book with the Table Talk audience.  

 

"Our group has been meeting for about seven years," related Sisters member Jessie Koonce. "We focus on African-American authors, books by local authors, or books having Southern characters. Stockett''s book, set in Jackson and based loosely on historical facts, was a natural choice for us." 

 

The group, which meets monthly, brings a variety of viewpoints to its book discussions. Members include retired professionals, office managers, social workers, a postal worker, student, teacher and business owner.  

 

"Stockett''s novel and the subsequent movie adaptation have engaged readers and critics in debates across America, said Friends board member Jo Shumake. "The Sisters are sure to bring a unique viewpoint to this work, and we hope the community will join us for this discussion." 

 

Doors open at 11:30 a.m. for those wishing to bring their lunch and socialize before the program begins at noon. The Friends will serve iced tea. 

 

Table Talk will be presented each Wednesday in September at the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library, 314 Seventh St. N. For more information on the series, contact the Friends at book.talk@hotmail.com

 

 

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