For the Daily News
In the spring, Starkville Reads will present several programs in connection with their book selections.
In the month of March, the focus will be on American short stories.
Dr. Nancy D. Hargrove, Giles Distinguished Professor Emerita of English at MSU, will lead a discussion of the haunting, highly psychological story â€śThe Yellow Wall paperâ€ť by Charlotte Perkins Gilman.
Hargrove said this story has many twists and turns as the reader begins to realize what in fact is the situation described by the first-person narrator, who is actually writing in a journal. The discussion will take place on Tuesday, March 8 at 4 p.m. at the Starkville Public Library.
On March 22 at 7 p.m., Dr. Noel Polk, Professor Emeritus of English at MSU, will lead a discussion of two short stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald, â€śBabylon Revisitedâ€ť and â€śThe Diamond as Big as the Ritz,â€ť both of which feature the decadence and extravagance of the 1920s and their effects on his characters.
Readers can check out a short story collection that contains these stories or a book of the works of Gilman and Fitzgerald from the Starkville Public Library or at Mitchell Memorial Library. These short stories are also available online by typing the titles into Google or other search engines.
Those interested in purchasing books containing the stories can look in the Book Mart or Barnes and Noble.
In April, Starkville Reads will celebrate National Poetry Month by featuring selected poems by e.e. cummings, the experimental and innovative poet who wrote many delightful and whimsical poems as well as more serious ones on love and war.
A discussion will take place at the Starkville Public Library with the date, the time, the selected poems, and the discussion leader to be announced later.
Again, readers can check out or purchase a book of cummingsâ€™ poetry or find the selected poems on line.
In May, the book will be Willa Catherâ€™s popular novel â€śMy Antonia.â€ť
Information about the date, time, and programs will be forthcoming next month.
All programs by Starkville Reads, an all-volunteer group dedicated to promoting books and reading, are open to the public free of charge.
The current president is Marty Friend, who encourages all members of the community to read the selections and participate in the varied programs.