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sense of ending
June 30, 2015 : Lancaster Campus Library Asks OUL Community to Read Book Together this summer
- Cheri Russo
Communications and Marketing Manager
 
Lancaster – The Ohio University Lancaster Hannah V. McCauley Library is inviting students, faculty, staff and Friends of the Library members to read a book together this summer.  The book is the 2011 Man Booker Prize winner, The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes.  
 
“This all started with a meeting of professors who are interested in encouraging more reading across campus,” said Library Director Judy Carey Nevin. “It seemed natural to want to get started reading and discussing what we’re reading right away.”
 
According to a description from Amazon, “The novel follows Tony Webster, a middle-aged man, as he contends with a past he never thought much about—until his closest childhood friends return with a vengeance: one of them from the grave, another maddeningly present. Tony thought he left this all behind as he built a life for himself, and his career has provided him with a secure retirement and an amicable relationship with his ex-wife and daughter, who now has a family of her own. But when he is presented with a mysterious legacy, he is forced to revise his estimation of his own nature and place in the world.”
 
“We intend to continue the book discussion group format into the fall semester, with a few professors offering titles of interest to them,” said Carey Nevin. “Our ultimate goal is to encourage a culture of reading across disciplines, hopefully with a common book read in multiple classes.”
 
The first book discussion is set for July 7 at noon in the lower level of the library.  A second meeting will be held in early August.  The date and time has yet to be determined.
 
Participants do not need to buy the book.  There are many copies available via OhioLINK. The book can also be borrowed through SearchOhio.
 
“Don’t worry about getting a late start on the book and not reading enough before the first meeting,” said Carey Nevin. “The book is 160 pages long. You can catch up pretty quickly.”
 
If you are interested in participating contact Carey Nevin at careynev@ohio.edu