January 9, 2007

Books and Coffee announces 2007 reading schedule

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue University's 56th Books and Coffee series highlights five books, including one that was selected by a public poll.

"This is the first time we've used a student poll to select one of the titles for Books and Coffee," says Shirley Rose, a professor of English and the series coordinator. "We want to see more students involved in the series, and a Web-based poll is an ideal format to give students a voice in the series. The Student English Association nominated four very good books for the poll and professor (Angelica) Duran helped immensely by agreeing to talk about whichever book was chosen."

Books and Coffee, which is free and open to the public, begins at 4 p.m., and tea and coffee will be available. The half-hour book talks begin at 4:30 p.m., and events end with drawings for door prizes at 5 p.m. An average of 120 people attended each of last year's sessions.

The following discussions are scheduled:

• Jan. 25. Dan Morris, professor of English, will discuss Michael Berube's "What's Liberal About the Liberal Arts: Classroom Politics and 'Bias' in Higher Education." Purdue Memorial Union South Ballroom.

• Feb. 1. Angelica Duran, associate professor of English, will review Khaled Hosseini's "The Kite Runner." Stewart Center, rooms 302-306. This book was selected by members of the Purdue community who participated in an online poll in December conducted by Housing and Food Services.

• Feb. 8. Ralph Webb, professor of communication, will discuss Deborah Tannen's "You're Wearing That?: Mothers and Daughters in Conversation." Stewart Center, rooms 302-306.

• Feb. 15. Nancy Peterson, associate professor of English and American studies, will review Sherman Alexie's "Ten Little Indians." Stewart Center, rooms 302-306. Alexie is the Literary Awards speaker who will give a public reading on April 19. Peterson's talk is co-sponsored by the Purdue Libraries.

• Feb. 22. Sandy Goodhart, associate professor of English, will talk about Myla Goldberg's "Bee Season." Stewart Center, rooms 302-306.

Additional information about the books is available on the Department of English Web site at https://www.cla.purdue.edu/english/BooksCoffee/index.cfm. Books and Coffee is sponsored by the Department of English and the Purdue Student Union Board.

The Department of English is housed in the College of Liberal Arts.

Media Contact: Christy Jones, (765) 494-1089, christyjones@purdue.edu

Source: Shirley Rose, (765) 494-3756, roses@purdue.edu

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096; purduenews@purdue.edu


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