Peggy Hanna, author of Patriotism, Peace, & Vietnam, will appear at the Ohio County Public Library’s Lunch With Books program on Tuesday, June 3, 2008. Peggy Hanna’s Vietnam story comes from a unique angle – that of a Midwestern Catholic homemaker and “hawk” turned peace activist. Hanna gives a fascinating inside look at just how far the outposts of the peace movement stretched. Join Ms. Hanna for a discussion of the book Phil Donahue called a “beautifully rendered story…Peggy Hanna probably didn’t plan it this way, but the timing of this brutally honest memoir is better than even she could have imagined."
July 1—Marianne Novy, Reading Adoption: Family and Difference in Fiction and Drama
University of Pittsburgh professor Marianne Novy will appear at the Ohio County Public Library’s Lunch With Books program on Tuesday, July 1 at noon. Novy will discuss her book, Reading Adoption - Family and Difference in Fiction and Drama. From the book description: “Reading Adoption explores the ways in which novels and plays portray adoption, and suggests how these representations have contributed to general perceptions of adoptive parents, adoptees, and birth parents. Novy reads a range of authors, including Sophocles, Shakespeare, George Eliot, Dickens, Barbara Kingsolver, Edward Albee and others, to observe how these works address the question of what makes a parent. She identifies repeated themes such as differences between adoptive parents and children, fantasies of mirroring between adoptees and their birth parents, and the relationship between nature and nurture. She meditates on how her relationships with her adoptive parents, her birth mother, and her own daughter affect her reading, and ultimately finds issues in much adoption literature relevant to parenting in any kind of family. Engagingly written from Novy's dual perspectives as critic and adult adoptee, the book combines the techniques of literary and feminist scholarship with memoir, shedding new light on familiar texts. Marianne Novy is Professor of English and Women's Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. She is author or editor of numerous books, including Imagining Adoption: Essays on Literature and Culture.” Lunch with books programs are free and open to the public. Patrons are invited to bring lunch and free beverages are provided. Please call 304-232-0244 for more information.