The Pioneer Library System is going “Old School” in 2013 for its annual celebration of literature, The Big Read.
And a natural partnership for the library involves Moore’s Old School Business Center, 201 N. Broadway St., which will host a “Study Hall” panel discussion of the Tobias Wolff novel Old School at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 10. The event takes place in the Old School Auditorium inside the Old School Business Center, which in its early days served as the first school building in Moore.
William Bernhardt, author of dozens of books that have sold more than 10 million copies worldwide, will be the moderator for the discussion. Panelists are Dr. Tom Boyd, David Ross Boyd Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the University of Oklahoma; Dr. Bill Hagen, retired Professor of English at Oklahoma Baptist University; Dr. Joe Foote, Dean of the Gaylord College of Journalism at the University of Oklahoma; and Robert A. French, a local attorney specializing in intellectual property rights.
The group will discuss the impact and significance of the book and also answer questions from audience members. Old School is the featured novel in The Big Read this year, with libraries and communities throughout the PLS service area hosting programs and events related to the novel.
This is a good opportunity for members of book discussion groups who dedicate one of their monthly meetings to learn a little more about the book and perhaps see it in a different way. Book discussions are being offered at each PLS library, and are open to anyone who wishes to attend.
Also on the night of the panel discussion, PLS will announce the winners of a writing contest judged in part by Wolff. The winners of the contest, for high school and college students will, as in the novel, have the chance to meet Wolff during his visit later in the month.