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OWL Monday Scholars:
Plagues, Witches & War: 
The Worlds of Historical Fiction

Mondays, 12:30 - 2:00 p.m.
September 10 through October 29*
No meeting Oct. 8
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Monday Scholars is a weekly series that meets in the library’s Jamie Gagarin Community Room. Each week, a new lecture topic is watched and then discussed by all who attend. All you need to do is come ready to engage your mind and participate in discussion. Registration Required. 

Join librarian Patricia Moore as she facilitates this course. 

In this course, we will explore the genre and craft of historical fiction. We’ll learn about the history of the historical fiction novel through the 18th and 19th centuries. This will include a review of major works and authors from that period including The Leatherstocking Tales, William Wells Brown, Charles Dickens, and Anne Katharine Green. Author Geraldine Brooks, Mary Beth Keane, Yangsze Choo will be featured interacting on video with the seminar class students to discuss their books, Year of Wonders (Brooks) Fever (Keane) and The Ghost Bride (Choo). We will also watch a series of interviews with contemporary historical fiction authors including Michael McKeon, David Robbins and Andrew Taylor.

On video, Bruce Holsinger will be the professor who leads the online lectures. He teaches in the Department of English at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. He is the author of A Burnable Book, a historical novel set in London in 1835. His work has been recognized with a Guggenheim Fellowship, and he is the recipient of research fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the American Council of Learned Societies.

After watching a lecture together, we will then discuss what we have learned! This series is perfect for aspiring writers, lovers of historical fiction, and anyone who enjoys reading about the past.




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