Book Discussions

All book discussions are free and open to the public. 

Book discussions will be held at the University of Dayton and the Dayton Metro Public Library.  Please check times for location information.

In the beginning: the story of the king James bible and how it changed a nation, a language, and a culture

In the Beginning: The Story of the King James Bible and How it Changed a Nation, a language, and a Culture by Allister McGrath

"Containing many quotes from original documents and portraits of the protagonists, McGrath's (historical theology, Oxford U., UK) history brings to light the personal and political story behind the making of this pivotal work. The story is written for the lay reader by a historian with deep knowledge of the subject; he's able to go into detail on the cause and effects of every aspect of the Bible's production, the controversy surrounding its translation, the larger context of printing history, and the Bible's profound impact on the English language.” Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)"

Both book discussions will be lead by Dr. Michael S. Carter, Associate Professor of History, University of Dayton. Dr. Carter earned his Ph.D.  from the University of Southern California and is a former research fellow of the McNeil Center for Early American Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. He is an expert in early modern print culture and religion.

Thursday, September 20, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
University of Dayton, Roesch Library - LTC Forum (Ground Floor)

Thursday, September 20, 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Dayton Metro Library Auditorium (Downtown Dayton)

Song of Solomon

Song of Solomon: by Toni Morrison

 “Milkman Dead was born shortly after a neighborhood eccentric hurled himself off a rooftop in a vain attempt at flight. For the rest of his life he, too, will be trying to fly. With this brilliantly imagined novel, Toni Morrison transfigures the coming-of-age story as audaciously as Saul Bellow or Gabriel García Márquez. As she follows Milkman from his rustbelt city to the place of his family’s origins, Morrison introduces an entire cast of strivers and seeresses, liars and assassins, the inhabitants of a fully realized black world.” – Booklist

Winner of the National Critic's Circle Award for Fiction, the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters' 1978 Award in Literature, and the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize.

Both book discussions will be lead by Dr. Thomas Morgan, Associate Professor of English, University of Dayton.

Tuesday, September 25, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
University of Dayton, Roesch Library - LTC Forum (Ground Floor)

Tuesday, September 25, 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Dayton Metro Library Auditorium (Downtown Dayton)