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Book Discussion Series Explores "Encountering Asia"


The 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.


The series 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


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 since 1989.


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.


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