Book Discussion Group
The Book Discussion Group meets on the second Thursday of each month from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in the Rollins Center at Bucks County Community College's Newtown Campus. All are welcome to join and share their thoughts and questions about any or all of the selections. In case of inclement weather, call 215-968‑8000 or visit the Bucks web site prior to traveling to campus. For more information about the Book Discussion Group, contact Michael Hennessey at 215-968-8164 or Michael.Hennessey@bucks.edu.
Dec 11: Lost for Words: A Novel by Edward St. Aubyn
Malcolm Craig becomes chair of the board awarding his country’s top literary honor, the Elysian Prize. In describing what ensues, noted British novelist St. Aubyn takes on the publishing industry and the horse-trading and ax-grinding among authors, critics, and hangers-on surrounding such awards, including the popular (and promiscuous) Katherine Burns, whose novel is overlooked in favor of a cookbook mistakenly sent for consideration by its publisher; interpreted by some as a new form of modern fiction, it makes the short list. Not wanting to read much himself, Craig is joined by judges Jo Cross (whose major criterion is “relevance”), Vanessa Shaw (“good writing”), Penny Feathers (former mistress of the elderly corporate sponsor), and actor Tobias Benedict. “Young writers were the future,” Craig muses, or “would be if they were still around and being published.” As a novel about the ephemeral nature of book awards, Lost for Words may itself be ephemeral, but along the way, St. Aubyn offers a hearty satire, full of laughs and groans, with snippets from the candidates, including the novel wot u starin at, an unsparing look at Glasgow low life, which bookies (the gambling kind) make the favorite. --Mark Levine
Past Book Discussions
Sep 11: The Goldfinch: A Novel by Donna Tartt