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World Literature Discussions
Moderated by Professor Bill Schiavo
Please join us as we discuss this classic romance, a work of “domestic realism,” and one of the most popular novels in English literature. Its comic elements lie in its depiction of manners, marriage, and money as it shows the reader that our search for self can occur during small talk in the drawing room as much as it can in a dramatic encounter.
The Castle of Otranto, widely thought of as the “first gothic novel,” merges both medievalism and terror in a literary style that has endured to this day. Written in 1764, it tells the story of Manfred, the Lord of the castle, whose sickly fifteen year old son has been crushed to death by a falling gigantic helmet on his wedding day.
Contemporary Evening Book Discussions
Moderated by Professor Michael Boecherer of SCCC
Award winning author Kennedy has written a remarkable novel set in Albany during the Depression. It tells the story of Francis, once a talented Major League baseball player, husband, and father, who has fallen so far from grace that his home for the past twenty-two years has been the street. The reader is transported into his mind and heart, exploring the situations which have brought him to this point in life.
NSPL joins other Long Island libraries during National Library Week in offering Spaceman, this year’s Long Island Reads book as our April discussion title. Long Island native author Mike Massimino was a NASA astronaut from 1996 – 2014, who set records for space walking time and was the first person to tweet from space! In his incredible memoir, he takes us into a rare and amazing world where science meets adventure, and where the surreal beauty and wonder of space captivate and enthrall.