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“Let’s Talk About It, Oklahoma” Continues with ‘Shoeless Joe’ Jan. 26


Shoeless Joe

by W. P. Kinsella

The Let’s Talk About It, Oklahoma book discussion series at Oklahoma City University will kick off with Shoeless Joe by W. P. Kinsella at 7 p.m. Jan. 26 in Walker Center room 151.

The discussion series is titled “Play Ball.” It is made possible through a grant from the Oklahoma Humanities Council.

Kinsella incorporates the 1919 Black Sox Scandal with the ghost of Shoeless Jackson returning to an Iowa cornfield to play ball with other long-dead historical figures. Along the way, the protagonist kidnaps author J.D. Salinger and builds a ballpark on his land in response to magical messages: “If you build it, they will come.”

At each session in the five-part series, a humanities scholar makes a presentation on the book in the context of the theme. 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 Harbour Winn at 405-208-5472, e-mailing him at [email protected] or dropping by the Dulaney-Browne Library room 211 or 207.

Winn, director of the Center for Interpersonal Study through Film & Literature at OCU, hopes the series will help participants find a “commonality of hope and perseverance.”

“Through the common territory of the diamond on which these human dramas are played, they accomplish a great deal more in chronicling American dreamers and showing us how to live our lives authentically,” Winn said.

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