Oklahoma City University’s next free book discussion series, called “Let’s Talk About It,” will focus on crime novels based in Oklahoma.
The first book, Donis Casey’s “The Old Buzzard Had It Coming,” will be the topic at the series’ first meeting at 7 p.m. Sept. 9 in room 151 of the Walker Center for Arts and Sciences on the OCU campus.
The series is made possible by an Oklahoma Humanities Council grant, according to an OCU news release.
At each of the five planned sessions, a humanities scholar will deliver a presentation on the relevant book’s theme. Afterward, experienced discussion leaders will host small group conversations. All participants come together at the end for a brief wrap-up.
To register, obtain a theme brochure and borrow the reading selections, call Harbour Winn at 208-5472, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Dulaney-Browne Library, rooms 211 or 207.
Winn, director of the Center for Interpersonal Study through Film & Literature at OCU, said in the release that the series will move beyond discussions of the story plotlines and into a cultural study of the places where the stories take place.
“Mystery and investigation stories find a ready home in Oklahoma and provide a window on the character of the state,” Winn said in the release. “Though mainstream novels may evoke only scant physical description, crime stories and mysteries continue to include realistic location details, precisely because such details may help unravel the crime. In reading these novels, we can rediscover the joys of hearing and seeing people in their natural environment and learn something about how where they are may indicate who they are.”
Other dates and books in the series include:
Sept. 23: “Letter from Home” by Carolyn Hart
Oct. 7: “Capitol Offense” by William Bernhardt
Oct. 28: “Twisted Perception” by Bob Avey
Nov. 11: “The American Cafe” by Sara Sue Hoklotubbe