Let's Talk About It series: 'Shiloh and Other Stories'

Jul 31, 2013

The Friends of the Library offer the third book in the Let’s Talk About It series, "Shiloh and Other Stories," by Bobbie Mason from 4 to 6 p.m. Aug. 8 at the Haywood County Library in Waynesville. the discussion will be led by Dr. Russell Binkley of Western Carolina University.

Mason’s book was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the American Book Award and the PEN/ Faulkner Award. The book won the 1983 Ernest Hemingway Foundation Award in 1983. Mason captures the speech pattern and lifestyle of western Kentucky as her characters confront social change in their rural environment.

"These stories will last," said Raymond Carver of "Shiloh and Other Stories"when it was first published, and almost two decades later this stunning fiction debut and winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award has become a modern American classic.

In Shiloh, Bobbie Ann Mason introduces us to her western Kentucky people and the lives they forge for themselves amid the ups and downs of contemporary American life, and she poignantly captures the growing pains of the New South in the lives of her characters as they come to terms with feminism, R-rated movies and video games. 

"Bobbie Ann Mason is one of those rare writers who, by concentrating their attention on a few square miles of native turf, are able to open up new and surprisingly wide worlds for the delighted reader," said Robert Towers in "The New York Review of Books."

Binkley has been at WCU since 2004. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois in curriculum and instruction; social studies education, an M.S., from Eastern Illinois University and a BA. Abilene Christian University.

Books are available free at the Waynesville branch of the Haywood Public Library from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. See Teresa Glance. The discussion will be in the auditorium of the Waynesville branch from 4 to 6 p.m.  Refreshments will be served. Let’s Talk About It is made possible by a grant from the North Carolina Humanities Council and the Friends of the Library.  For more information, contact Linda Arnold at 456-5311 or stanandlinda@charter.net .