BU library to host reading series on Jewish literature

For Immediate Release

Date:  Aug. 11, 2006


BLOOMSBURG— Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania’s Andruss Library will host a five-part reading and discussion series called “Lets Talk About It: Jewish Literature – Identity and Imagination.”

The series will explore Jewish literature and culture though scholar-led discussions of contemporary and classic books that reflect the themes estrangement and homecoming. 

The first program will focus on “Lost in Translation” by Eva Hoffman and will be held Tuesday, Sept. 12, at 7 p.m. Additional books will be discussed on subsequent Tuesdays, Oct. 3, Oct. 24, Nov. 14 and Nov. 28. The other books to be read and discussed are “Mr. Sammler’s Planet” by Saul Bellow, “Out of Egypt” by Andre Aciman, “The Centaur in the Garden” by Moacyr Scliar and “Kaaterslill Falls” by Allegra Goodman. 

All programs will be held in the Schweiker Meeting Room on the first floor of the Harvey A Andruss Library. Copies of the books and supporting materials will be made available for all participants so registration is required. Those interested may register by coming to the Access Service Desk on the first floor of the Andruss Library between Tuesday, Aug. 15, and Friday, Sept 1.

Discussion facilitator for this event is Ferda Asya, assistant professor of English. Asya has presented papers and written on the literature of the Puerto Rican Diaspora, a woman in the holocaust, international literature and multi-ethnic literature.



Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students and offers 58 bachelor’s, 16 master’s and one doctoral degree.