Book Discussion Group Delves Into 'Barracoon: The Story of the Last Black Cargo' November 8
Public is invited to the free meetings that take place on the second Thursday of each month; Next title is Zora Neale Hurston's account of a 1927 interview with the last survivor of a slave ship
The Bucks County Community College Book Discussion Group invites the public to its free, informal monthly meetings. The gatherings take place from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month during the academic year at the college’s Newtown campus.
Michael Hennessey, the literature professor who convenes the meetings, says group members come from a variety of backgrounds but share a love of reading, and new readers are always welcome.
“The group has many deep thinkers interested in sustained inquiry about the state of humanity, and in learning about other cultures and how different people think,” said Hennessey, who has led the group discussions for nearly two decades. “We welcome newcomers because we are interested in new perspectives. You can come and just listen if you want just to get a taste of the conversation.”
Up next for discussion is Barracoon: The Story of the Last “Black Cargo” by Zora Neale Hurston on Thursday, November 8. In 1927, Hurston interviewed 86-year-old Cudjo Lewis about his first-hand account of the raid that led to his capture and bondage 50 years after the Atlantic slave trade was outlawed in the United States. This story illuminates the horror and injustices of slavery as it tells the true story of one of the last known survivors of the Atlantic slave trade abducted from Africa.
Next, the group will discuss The End of Days: by Jenny Erpenbeck and Susan Bernofsky on Thursday, December 13. The philosophical and ambitious book is essentially made up of a total of five “books,” each leading to a different death of the same unnamed female protagonist. The book takes on a unique overall viewpoint of the twentieth century, from the first book starting at a baby’s grave, to the final book leaving questions about life, longevity, and completion of what was begun in an earlier life.
On the final meeting of 2018 on December 13, the group will discuss and select titles for its meetings from January to June. Suggestions are welcome.
Founded in 1988, the Bucks County Community College Book Discussion Group meets from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month in room 114 of the Rollins Center, located near the Student Life office. The campus is located at 275 Swamp Road, Newtown, Pa., 18940. For snow closing information, call 215-968‑8000 or visit www.bucks.edu.
For more information, contact Michael Hennessey at 215-968-8164 or Michael.Hennessey@bucks.edu