The Johnston County Library will continue Let's Talk About It, Oklahoma at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday with "Ordinary People" by Judith Guest and discussion led by scholar Ken Hada.
Guest's novel portrays a family tragedy with the death of a son revealing the guilt for those left behind, including the father, a self-made attorney; Beth, the beautiful wife, envied for her perfect house, bridge and tennis games; and their son, Conrad, the overachiever. The family's inability to talk about their grief attacks the readers with petitions of "should" and "what ifs" as they cope with what they were and will become.
Scholar Ken Hada will discuss questions including: "What are the problems between Beth and Calvin?" "How does Conrad change and how does the relationship change between Calvin and Conrad?" "In what way is this book about 'ordinary people?'"
Hada is a tenured professor in the Department of English and Languages at East Central University. He earned his B.A., Magna Cum Laude, from Bartlesville Wesleyan College and his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Arlington. Hada was a finalist for the Oklahoma Book Award for Poetry in 2010 and 2011 and has written numerous articles, essays and book reviews. He currently serves as director of the annual Scissortail Creative Writing Festival.
The remaining book in the series is "During the Reign of the Queen of Persia" by Joan Chase, set for Nov. 19.
LTAIO, a reading and discussion program series, has provided libraries diverse and stimulating programs since 1985. Programs begin with a presentation by a humanities scholar, generally from an Oklahoma college or university. The scholar talks about the book, the author, historical contexts and literary trends. After a refreshment break, participants break into small groups where they have an opportunity to discuss the book. The program is free and open to anyone who has an interest in getting together with others to read and discuss books. Copies of the books are available through the library.
Funding for this program is provided in part by a grant from the Oklahoma Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, finding, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of OHC or NEH.
To register for LTAIO or for additional information, contact Michael Henthorn, Branch Manager at (580)371-3006 or (888) 520-8097.
Johnston County Library is located at 116 W. Main St.