Philip Weinstein, the Alexander Griswold Cummins Professor of English Emeritus at Swarthmore College, will launch a new program series, "Islanders Read the Classics", with a talk about Toni Morrison's Beloved. In selecting Beloved to launch this series, Mr. Weinstein says, “It is the novel that takes on most imaginatively and movingly — as probably only a black writer could — the curse of American slavery: its origins in the Middle Passage, its traumatic damage in the mid-19th century, its fallout later on.”
The "Islanders Read the Classics" series is presented by the Martha's Vineyard Library Association in partnership with the Martha's Vineyard Times. Once each month, an island library will host a free talk by an educator who has a passion for a specific book. Participants are encouraged to read the book in advance, however it is not required. Copies of the books may be requested through your local CLAMS library. For further details, contact the hosting library.
Currently scheduled events in the series:
7pm Thursday, March 3rd. Hosted by Vineyard Haven Library, at the Katharine Cornell Theater. Philip Weinstein discusses Toni Morrison’s Beloved.
6:30pm Tuesday, April 19th, Oak Bluffs Library.
John Crelan discusses Mark Twain’s A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court.
5:30pm Wednesday, May 19th, Chilmark Library.
Holly St. John Bergon discusses Sylvia Plath’s Ariel.
7pm Tuesday, June 28th, West Tisbury Library.
John Hough discusses Charles Dickens' Bleak House.
7pm Thursday, July 14th, Edgartown Library.
Dan Sharkovitz discusses William Shakespeare’s Hamlet.