Community Book Discussion: Herman Melville's Billy Budd (led by Frank Queen)

Arts & Entertainment
Haywood County Public Library Auditorium
678 South Haywood Street, Waynesville, NC
Bob Bahnsen
Oct 03, 2013
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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Herman Melville’s Billy Budd is the subject of a community book discussion to be held Thursday, October 3rd, 4 to 6:00 p.m., at the Haywood County Public Library - 678 S Haywood St,  in Waynesville, NC, sponsored by the Friends of the Library in a format similar to the Let’s Talk About It series.

The discussion will be facilitated by Frank Queen, a local lawyer and part-time writer.  He will present an outline and lead a discussion on topics ranging from:

-- life aboard a sailing man o’ war in the early 1800s,

-- the justice system applicable to Billy’s on-board trial and punishment, and

--  whether Melville’s story has an application to present-day military justice.

The program is expected to be fully attended, both by those interested in understanding Melville’s last published work and by those interested in considering the stresses endured by a society engaged in war.

Frank Queen, in addition to his legal practice, has maintained a lifelong interest in the non-fiction literature of national conflict, ranging from Clausewitz to Sun Tzu to Keegan.  His Haywood County ancestors participated in most of the American national conflicts since the Revolutionary War.

Books are available at the Waynesville branch.  Ask for Teresa Glance.  For more information contact Bob Bahnsen at 456-4487 or