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Book Discussion Looks to ‘Boys of Summer’

by Rod Jones

The Let’s Talk About It, Oklahoma book discussion series at Oklahoma City University continues at 7 p.m. Feb. 23 with “The Boys of Summer” by Roger Khan. The discussion will be held in Walker Center room 151, located near the center of campus at N.W. 26th Street and Florida Avenue.

The series is made possible through a grant from the Oklahoma Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

In “The Boys of Summer,” Kahn presents the Brooklyn Dodgers from their playing days to past their prime — the breaking of the color line, a player vet is marred and matured by World War II, blue-collar families work hard to survive, people are driven to succeed sometimes almost mystically and graying men past their prime suffer with bad health or the death of loved ones. Kahn, a sportswriter, discusses what it was like growing up near Ebbets Field and what came after baseball for some of its all-time greats.

This season’s theme is titled “Play Ball”: The American Sport Meets the American Dream. The series theme explores the literary side of the game of baseball. Harbour Winn, director of the Center for Interpersonal Study through Film & Literature at OCU, says the game has held up as America’s pastime in its richness, breadth and depth of literature written about it.

“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.

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 Winn at 405-208-5472, e-mailing him at [email protected] or dropping by the Dulaney-Browne Library room 211 or 207.

The final book in the series “Wait Till Next Year” by Doris Kearns Goodwin will be discussed March 8.

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