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Final “Love and Forgiveness” Discussion

This coming Saturday, May 9, will be the final in a series of discussions on “Love and Forgiveness” at the Santee Library.  This five-part series has so far covered such works as Homer’s Iliad, Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre, and Ana Castillo’s Guardians.  The final book under discussion is Bel Canto by Ann Patchett, a story of music and an international hostage situation in an “unnamed” South American country.  The story revolves around an American opera singer who is chosen to perform at a birthday party given for a Japanese industrialist at the home of the country’s vice president.  Revolutionaries storm the party looking for the country’s president, who is not there, and the resulting hostage situation drags on interminably.  Reviewer Victoria Jenkins says that the book “remains a gentle reminder of the transcendence of beauty and love,” so it should be a good discussion.

The discussion begins at 10:30 am and will be led by Dr. Martha Stoddard-Holmes, Associate Professor of Literature and Writing at Cal State San Marcos.  The Santee Library was one of 50 libraries nation-wide to receive grants through the American Library Association and the Fetzer Institute’s Campaign for Love and Forgiveness to host this discussion series.

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“Love and Forgiveness” Book Discussion

With all that has been happening, I almost forgot that this Saturday is the fourth in a series of book discussions on the topics of love and forgiveness in literature.  This month the book under discussion is The Guardians by Ana Castillo, a novel that deals with illegal immigration, small-town life in New Mexico, and the search for one’s place in the world – told through four different first-person narrators.

The discussion series is funded by the American Library Association and the Fetzer Institute’s Campaign for Love and Forgiveness, with local support from the Santee Chamber of Commerce, the Santee Community Collaborative, and the Friends of the Santee Library.  The session begins at 10:30 am and will be led by Dr. Martha Stoddard-Holmes, Associate Professor of Literature and Writing Studies at Cal State San Marcos.

The final discussion will be on Saturday, May 9 on Bel Canto by Ann Patchett.

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