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.