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Book Discussion Series Explores "The Civil War"

Butler Libraries will offer a three-part book discussion series in February, March & April, 2016 exploring the theme "The Civil War."  Butler students, staff and faculty and members of the community are invited to attend the free programs, which will take place at the L.W. Nixon Library, upstairs in the 600 building on the El Dorado campus, 901 S. Haverhill Rd.

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. 

The first meeting is scheduled for Wed. February 10 at 2:00 p.m.  Diane Quantic, retired English professor, will lead a discussion of “March” by Geraldine Brooks. 

The March of Brooks’s title is not Sherman’s, but Alcott’s. In Louisa May Alcott’s classic Little Women, the father of the girls of the March family is absent for much of the novel, serving as a chaplain for Union forces during the Civil War. Brooks’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel reimagines the absent March as an abolitionist with utopian inclinations, testing his ideological commitments in the theatre of war.

The series continues with “The March” by E. L. Doctorow on Wed., March 9 at 2:00 p.m.; and “A Diary  from Dixie” by Mary Boykin Chesnut on Wed. April 6 at 2:30 p.m.

Books may be picked up at the L.W. Nixon Library. For for more information about the reading series, stop by the library or contact Martha Gregg at 316.323.6843 or