Crime and Punishment

Let's Talk About It, Oklahoma

Let’s Talk About It, Oklahoma (LTAIO)

Let’s Talk About It, Oklahoma is a great way to connect with neighbors over books and ideas.  It is a reading and discussion series which consists of 4-5 sessions, each featuring a book from the chosen discussion theme. A humanities scholar opens each session telling about the author’s life, giving historical context to the book, sharing its contemporary relevance, and explaining how the book ties into the overarching theme. Participants then discuss their own thoughts about the book.

Starting in January we will offer the series Crime and Punishment. This series allows readers to see through the eyes of prosecutors, chaplains, victims, townspeople, and especially the criminals themselves.  An exploration of these multiple points of view will help readers confront the controversial issues of crime and punishment.

Sign up at the front desk and get a copy of the first book. Each monthly discussion will take place at 6:30 p.m. in the upstairs meeting room.

If you are not able to participate in the discussions but are interested in reading the books, we will be happy to order them for you through interlibrary loan.  Ask at the front desk for more information.

The Grand Inquisitor by Theodor Dostoevsky
Monday, Jan. 27
This meeting will serve as an introduction to the series.  “The Grand Inquisitor” is a story within the novel The Brothers Karamazov by Dostoevsky.  The library has one copy of The Brothers Karamazov available for check-out or you can download the eBook from OverDrive.  “The Grand Inquisitor” can be downloaded online at https://www.mtholyoke.edu/acad/intrel/pol116/grand.htm or https://www.gutenberg.org/files/8578/8578-h/8578-h.htm

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Monday, Feb. 10
Through the young eyes of Scout and Jem Finch, Harper Lee explores with rich humor and unswerving honesty the irrationality of adult attitudes toward race and class in the Deep South of the 1930s.

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
Monday, March 9
An account of the senseless murder of a Kansas farm family and the search for the killers.

A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
Monday, April 13
A modern classic of youthful violence and social redemption set in a dismal dystopia whereby a juvenile deliquent undergoes state-sponsored psychological rehabilitation for his aberrant behavior.

A Lesson Before Dying by Earnest Gaines
Monday, May 11
A young man who returns to 1940s Cajun country to teach visits a black youth on death row for a crime he didn’t commit.

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