Literary Lions bridge cultures

The Literary Lions book club held its second meeting of the semester this week at Spiva library.

The book chosen for this summer semesters read, “Dreams of Trespass – Tales of a Harem Girlhood”by Fatima Mernissi, was part of a 25 book and 4 DVD “Bridging Cultures – Muslim Journeys” grant package, said Wendy McGrane, library director.

The book club was formed as a partnership between the Missouri Southern Alumni Association and the Spiva Library in 2002. It meets two or three times on Thursday evenings each semester near University Java on the first floor of the library. The club is made up of a core group of readers, many of whom are Southern alumni or retired staff members, and a variety of students who have a passion for reading, some of which change each semester.

The fall semester reading choice always coincides with the University Experience reading requirement, and presents opportunities for new students who are assigned the book, as part of the course curriculum, an opportunity to meet with fellow readers from outside the classroom stricture to discuss their thoughts and opinions of the material.

The reading choice for UE classes and the book club for the fall 2013 semester is “In the Sea there are Crocodiles” by Fabio Geda. This book is based on a true story and readers will find a tie-in to the fall 2013 International themed semester, which is Italy.

The author, Fabio Geda is slated to make an appearance on campus during the semester, said McGrane. Details of the visit are not yet finalized.

“Literary Lions is open to all constituents of MSSU- alumni and friends, students, faculty and staff,” said Lee Elliff-Pound, alumni association director.

Contact Elliff-Pound, at 417-625-9355 to join Literary Lions book club or for further information. The cost of club membership is $25 which covers a copy of the book, any additional materials and refreshments.