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Asia encounter

Bonner Library plays host to a book discussion

Bonner Springs City Library director Kim Beets talks about the Encountering Asia book discussion, starting in February. The event will allow participants to take part in a discussion group of thematic books led by area college professors.

Bonner Springs City Library director Kim Beets talks about the Encountering Asia book discussion, starting in February. The event will allow participants to take part in a discussion group of thematic books led by area college professors.

January 21, 2010, 12:00 a.m.

Updated: January 26, 2010, 3:48 p.m.

Q: What is the Encountering Asia book discussion and why was this particular theme chosen?

A: The Encountering Asia book discussion series is a program that is sponsored by the Kansas Humanities Council. Encountering Asia is one of many themes that is offered as part of the Talk About Literature in Kansas Program where KHC provides both the books and the scholars to serve as discussion leaders.

Q: What is the schedule?

A: Feb. 16 at 6:30 p.m.: “The Chinese Gold Murders,” by Robert Van Gulik. Discussion leader: Nancy Hope, University of Kansas. March 16 at 6:30 p.m.: “Waiting,” by Ha Jin. Discussion leader: Randi Hacker, University of Kansas. May 18, 6:30 p.m.: “Memoirs of a Geisha,” by Arthur Golden. Discussion leader, Thomas Prasch, Washburn University.

Q: What do you expect participants to get out of the book discussion?

A: Many people enjoy the knowledge they gain about a book and its author through the discussion leader, hearing other readers’ points of view and there is also the yummy refreshments provided by the Friends of the Library!

Q: Do you plan on having more book discussions in the future?

A: We like to have a book discussion series in the spring and in the fall of each year. This upcoming fall we have another series through the Kansas Humanities Council that is called Living with the Land.

Q: What do interested residents need to do to get involved in the Encountering Asia book discussion?

A: There is no registration required. The Bonner Springs City Library has several copies of the books that can be checked out. Please visit the library to get your copy.

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