Friends of the James V. Brown Library to hold May Book Review Luncheon

The next Friends of the James V. Brown Library Book Review Luncheon will be held at 12:30 p.m. Friday in the Lowry Room on the third floor of the Welch Family Wing. The book being reviewed will be “The Goldfinch,” by Donna Tartt.

The story centers on a young boy in New York City, Theo Decker, who miraculously survives an accident that takes the life of his mother. Alone and determined to avoid being taken in by the city as an orphan, Theo scrambles between nights in friends’ apartments and alone on the city streets.

He becomes entranced by the one thing that reminds him of his mother, a small, mysteriously captivating painting that soon draws Theo into the art underworld.

Stephen King reviewed the book for The New York Times and described “The Goldfinch” as “a rarity that comes along perhaps half a dozen times per decade, a smartly written literary novel that connects with the heart as well as the mind … Donna Tartt has delivered an extraordinary work of fiction.”

The presenter of this book review, Dr. Laura Dickinson, describes herself as a writer who also teaches as an associate professor of English composition at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

She moved to Williamsport in 2005 with her husband and daughter to work at Penn College. Before moving to Williamsport, Dickinson taught at Capital College and Bowie State University – both in Maryland.

Dickinson received bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees from the University of Maryland, College Park, Md. Her research and teaching reflect an interest in 19th and 20th century American poetry (major figures: Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman); creative writing; colonial and 19th century American literature; and television.

Attendees may buy a light lunch, which will begin at noon.

To reserve a lunch call the library’s information desk at 570-326-0536 before 3 p.m. Wednesday. Attendees may choose to bring their own bag lunch or takeout.

Those interested in the review alone may attend the talk without having lunch. Metered parking is in the Market Street lot adjacent to the Welch Wing.