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“Let’s Talk About It, Oklahoma” Continues with ‘Monster’ Jan. 24



by Walter Dean Myers

The Let’s Talk About It, Oklahoma book discussion series at Oklahoma City University continues with Monster by Walter Dean Myers at 7 p.m. Jan. 24 in OCU’s Walker Center Room 151.

The discussion series is titled “Young Adult Crossover Fiction: Crumbling Borders between Adolescents and Adults” and is made possible through a grant from the Oklahoma Humanities Council.

In the novel, sixteen year old Steve finds himself in jail on trial for a murder his is not sure he had anything to do with, or anything significantly to do with. In spite of his middle class status, he is a black teenager in Manhattan who may have simply been in the wrong place at the wrong time. However, he is unsure and feels like he has walked into the middle of a film uncertain if he belongs. To probe his recent past, he decides while waiting in jail for his trial to make his own movie in his head, to write a screenplay to come to terms with his own experience. He wants to discover if he is what the prosecutor calls him: a “Monster.”

At each session in the five-part series, a humanities scholar makes a presentation on the book in the context of the theme. For this book, our speaker will be Dr. Paul Lehman. Small group discussions follow with experienced discussion leaders. At the end, all participants come together for a brief wrap-up.

Those who are interested in participating are encouraged to preregister and borrow the reading selections and theme brochure by calling Tracy Floreani at 405-208-5707, e-mailing her at [email protected] or dropping by the Dulaney-Browne Library room 211 or 207.

For more information call 405-208-5707, or e-mail [email protected]


* Feb. 7, True Believer by Virginia Ewer Wolff

* Feb. 21, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

* Mar. 7, Annie John by Jamaica Kincaid

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