Novel Talk: I AM HUMAN: Individual Empowerment from 1920 to Today, Featuring Author Laura Moriarty

Join Tulsa City-County Library at the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center, 621 E. Fourth St., June 24, 7-8:30 p.m., for Novel Talk Presents: I AM HUMAN: Individual Empowerment from 1920 to Today, Featuring Author Laura Moriarty.”
Laura Moriarty, author of four acclaimed books and professor of Creative Writing at the University of Kansas, will discuss what connects us and what keeps us apart. Her talk will explore issues of women’s rights, gay rights and just plain human rights.
In her novel “The Chaperone,” she delivers a strong message of human equality and dignity. She uses both real and fictional characters to tell a fascinating story about one Kansas woman’s delayed coming of age as she serves as a chaperone to New York in the 1920s.
Her other novels include “While I’m Falling,” “The Rest of Her Life” and “The Center of Everything.”
Moriarty’s visit is part of Tulsa City-County Library’s Adult Summer Reading Program. This is the first year for TCCL to present an adult program that coincides with the annual children’s and teen summer reading programs. Moriarty’s program is one of many adult programs planned for “One Book, One Tulsa: The Great Gatsby.”
“We are focusing on the fascinating period of the 1920s in literature. Like the Great Gatsby, Moriarty’s “The Chaperone” shares common themes, such as the rapid changes in society during the Roaring 20s, a futile desire to cling to the past, and the universal search for love and acceptance,” said Cindy Hulsey, Central Readers’ Library and Media Center manager. “Recreational reading is so important for adults, so this year when parents bring their kids into the library for the summer reading program we have something to offer them too.”
Any adult who reads or listens to four books can complete a quick online survey at www.tulsalibrary.org/adultsrp and take the printed confirmation form to any library for a coupon for a free bagel from Panera Bread. They also will be eligible to win one of 185 prizes, which include Kindles, Tulsa Art Deco books, coffee mugs and book nibs.
For more information on library programming, call the AskUs Hotline, 918-549-7323, or visit the library’s website, www.tulsalibrary.org.
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