MOUNT VERNON — The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County, 201 N. Mulberry St., will participate in Knox Reads!, a countywide reading event in conjunction with the Kenyon Review Literary Festival. The festival will be held Friday and Saturday, Nov. 9 and 10, and will feature a reading and book-signing by celebrated author Nicole Krauss.
The featured work, “The History of Love,” is regarded by many reviewers as one of the most beloved novels of the decade. In it, a long-lost book reappears, mysteriously connecting an old man searching for his son and a girl seeking a cure for her widowed mother’s loneliness.
Leo Gursky taps his radiator each evening to let his upstairs neighbor know he’s still alive. But it wasn’t always like this. In the Polish village of his youth, Leo fell in love and wrote a book — a book expressing his love. Sixty years later and half a world away, 14-year-old Alma, who was named after a character in that book, undertakes an adventure to find her namesake and save her family. These stories draw together in a compelling narrative that ranges from the hysterically funny to the heartbreaking, and takes its readers deeply into the lives of its many characters. It is a story that celebrates love and loss, sorrow and yearning, and the magical beauty of life itself. It also grapples with some of life’s most daunting questions, among them, as contemplated by one character, “the insoluble contradiction of being animals cursed with self-reflection, and moral beings cursed with animal instincts.” With its many themes, characters, times and settings, the Washington Post describes it as “an elliptical novel that shouldn't work but does.”
David Lynn, professor of English and editor of the Kenyon Review, will lead a discussion of “The History of Love” at the main library in Mount Vernon on Tuesday, Oct. 16, at 7 p.m. in the lower-level, Multipurpose Room. Copies of the book are available for check out at the Library. Refreshments will be served. At Kenyon College, Lynn teaches workshops in fiction writing as well as several literature courses.
The main library will also host a Brown Bag Chat at a special time — 11:45 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 24, on “The History of Love and the Art and Identity Symposium.” This discussion will be led by Sergei Lobanov-Rostovsky, professor of English at Kenyon College, where he teaches courses on Shakespeare, Renaissance poetry, film and fiction writing. The Brown Bag Chats are open to the public; bring a lunch. Beverages will be provided.
For more information call 740-392-2665, ext. 243; visit www.knox.net; or email email@example.com.
Published on October 15, 2012