The January meeting of Northwest Mississippi Community College’s Reading Roundtable, made possible with funds from Sycamore Bank, will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 30 at 2 p.m., in the R.C. Pugh Library on the Senatobia campus.
It is 1870 and Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd travels through northern Texas, giving live readings to paying audiences hungry for news of the world. In Wichita Falls, he is offered a $50 gold piece to deliver a young orphan, Johanna, to her relatives in San Antonio. Their 400-mile journey south through unsettled territory and unforgiving terrain proves difficult and at times dangerous.
Johanna has forgotten the English language, tries to escape at every opportunity, throws away her shoes, and refuses to act “civilized.” Yet as the miles pass, the two lonely survivors tentatively begin to trust each other, forging a bond that marks the difference between life and death in this treacherous land.
News of the World by Paulette Jiles is a work of historical fiction that explores the boundaries of family, responsibility, honor, and trust. Maya Berry, digital librarian, will lead the discussion.
The purpose of the program is to provide a forum to read and discuss a variety of books during the course of every semester. Meetings are held on the last Tuesday of each month.
Participants must fill out a registration form, and those wishing to purchase a copy of the book being discussed may do so for $5. Personal or library copies may also be used.
For more information or to register, contact Dr. Melissa Wright, director of Learning Resources at (662) 562-3277 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.