Stafford County Historical Society will offer a three-part book discussion series August through October on the theme “Encountering
Asia.” Members of the community are invited to attend the free programs, which will take place at the Stafford
County Museum Library, 100 N. Main in Stafford.
is sponsored by the Kansas Humanities Council (KHC), a nonprofit cultural organization, as part of its Talk About Literature
in Kansas (TALK) program. KHC will furnish the books and discussion leaders for the Stafford TALK series. For more information
about KHC, visit www.kansashumanities.org.
The first meeting is scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 17, at 2:00 p.m. Linda M. Lewis of Lindsborg
will lead a discussion of An Artist of the Floating World by Kazuo Ishiguro.
This novel brings the world of mid-20th century Japan
to life. The story follows an artist, Masuji Ono, through his early years in the pre-war teahouse
culture, his growing support of wartime militarism and finally his postwar confrontations with that legacy and its consequences
for his family.
Linda M. Lewis is the Margaret H. Mountcastle Distinguished Professor of Humanities at Bethany
College, Lindsborg. She received her PhD in English from University of Nebraska. Lewis has been leading KHC TALK discussions
The authors in this series bring to life the experiences of a variety of Chinese and Japanese
characters. Themes such as family versus nation, the individual’s role in society, love, honor and duty culminate in
a combined effort to enhance our understanding of Eastern cultures. The books in "Encountering Asia" were selected by the
Center for East Asian Studies at University of Kansas.
As the series continues, readers will discuss The Chinese Gold Murders by Robert Van Gulik with Nancy Hope
of Lawrence at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 9; and Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden with Denise Low of Lawrence
at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 15.
At 7:00 that evening, Denise Low, Poet Laureate of Kansas 2009-2011,
will give a reading from her latest poetry book at the museum library.
To check out books and for more information about the reading series, contact Michael at
Stafford County Museum, 620-234-5664.