Books 'n' Bites @ your library (Book Club)

Books ‘n’ Bites @ your library (Book Club)

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5:00pm - 6:30pm

Vail Public Library

Join us! during November’s Books ‘n’ Bites, to discuss Willa Cather’s My Ántonia with a presentation and discussion by CMC College Writing instructor and writer, Alane Hall. Alane holds a Master’s Degree in English Literature from Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas, TX, with a focus on story-telling and the art of novel-writing as well as an undergraduate degree in Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin.

Last year marked the centennial of the publication of Willa Cather’s My Ántonia, which depicts life on the rural farms of Nebraska in the late 1800s. The story is narrated by Jim Burden, who moves from Virginia to Nebraska as a boy to live with his grandparents. On the way, he meets the Shimerda family, also on their way to Nebraska. The Shimerdas, including their daughter Ántonia, come to the United States from Bohemia (present-day Czech Republic). Jim strikes up a friendship with Ántonia and begins teaching her and her younger sister English.  Together they face the struggles of adjusting to an unforgiving environment, an experience drawn from Cather’s own life.