The Parker Memorial Library will host the Let’s Talk About It, Oklahoma series “Private Investigations: Hard-Boiled and Soft-Hearted Heroes,” a group of reading-and-discussion programs that begin at 6:30 p.m. on March 3. Each session will begin with a scholar’s presentation on the book and the author, followed by small-group discussions.


The Parker Memorial Library will host the Let’s Talk About It, Oklahoma series “Private Investigations: Hard-Boiled and Soft-Hearted Heroes,” a group of reading-and-discussion programs that begin at 6:30 p.m. on March 3. Each session will begin with a scholar’s presentation on the book and the author, followed by small-group discussions.

 

Dr. Lewis Parkhill will kick off the series with “The Big Sleep” by Raymond Chandler. In Chandler’s first novel, readers are introduced to the hard-boiled private detective Philip Marlowe, who likes to play by the rules, but when he is hired by a dying millionaire to come to aid of his troublesome daughter, he finds himself in a world where the rich and powerful make the rules which leads to all sorts of unsavory things — and ultimately murder.

 

Chandler is a master practitioner of American hard-boiled crime fiction. In his career, he has written more than 40 short stories and novels and has made a name for himself as one of the greatest detective novelists of all time.

 

Parkhill, professor emeritus of English and past chair of the Department of English and Languages at East Central University in Ada, has a Ph.D. in American literature from the University of Texas at Austin. He has taught writing, humanities, film and world, British and American literatures, in addition to serving as chair of the Oklahoma Humanities Council Board. He is also currently the mayor of Tishomingo. Parkhill has given numerous “Let’s Talk About It, Oklahoma” presentations throughout the state.

 

Books, services and other materials for this series of programs are provided by “Let’s Talk About It, Oklahoma,” a project of the Oklahoma Humanities Council with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities. This series is funded by a grant from the Kirkpatrick Family Fund.

 

Other scheduled presenters and selections are Dr. Ken Hada, “Death of a Tenured Position” by Amanda Cross; Dr. Trisha Yarbrough, “The Ghostway” by Tony Hillerman; and Dr. Robert Greenstreet, “Killing Orders” by Sara Paretsky.

 

This program is free and open to the public. Copies of the books are available at the Parker Memorial Library, located at 500 W. Broadway St.

 

To ask questions, call (580) 622-5807 or toll free at(888) 520-8101. The Parker Memorial Library is a branch of the Chickasaw Regional (Public) Library System.