Wednesday October 19, 2016
6:30 PM until 8:00 PM
Our selection this month is The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck in celebration of the NEA BIG READ. Our discussion will be facilitated by Bedford high school teacher and Steinbeck scholar Curt McDermott.
“First published in 1939, Steinbeck’s Pulitzer Prize-winning epic of the Great Depression chronicles the Dust Bowl migration of the 1930’s and tells the story of one Oklahoma farm family, the Joads, driven from their homestead and forced to travel west to the promised land of California. Out of their trials and their repeated collisions against the hard realities of an America divided into Haves and Have-Nots evolves a drama that is intensely human yet majestic in its scale and moral vision, elemental yet plainspoken, tragic but ultimately stirring in its human dignity.” Publisher Description
NEA Big Read is a program of the Narional Endowment for the Arts in Partnership with Arts Midwest.This reading discussion is part of the NEA Big Read grant program funded by Fireseed Alliance, New Hampshire Humanities, Crotched Mountain and Souhegan Valley Chamber of Commerce.
Copies are available at the Main Desk. Open to the public.