Library progam is on the American West
A new Readings in Literature and Culture program is coming to the library in February, sponsored by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities and the Morgan City Public Library, the American West in Fact and Fiction, a program about the American West as symbol in the national psyche and setting for contending forces past and present.
The critical history, “The Legacy of Conquest: The Unbroken Past of the American West” by Patricia Nelson Limerick will be used alongside diverse novels. “Riders of the Purple Sage” by Zane Grey, was one of the first works to set the characters and imagery of the western as it has been conventionally portrayed. But other, radically differing, conceptions of the West as experience are also available in “Winter in the Blood” by author James Welch and “The Brave Cowboy” by Edward Abbey.
The six-week program will be led by Paul Leslie and begin Feb. 12 and continue for six successive Wednesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. until its conclusion on March 19.
Seating and book sets are limited so participants are urged to register early. For more information, call the library at 985-380-4646.