Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Book Talk Series at Stowe Center Looks at 'The Help'

The free Nook Farm Book Talks at Hartford's Harriet Beecher Stowe Center continue with a discussion of "The Help" by Kathryn Stockett on Thursday, September 13 from 5 to 6:30 pm. The book is available for purchase in the Stowe Visitor Center.
Stockett's novel portrays sharply defined black and white characters in the nascent years of the civil rights movement. Three very different, extraordinary women in Mississippi build an unlikely friendship around a secret writing project that breaks societal rules and puts them all at risk. An immensely popular book, The Help was made into a major motion picture nominated for an Academy Award in 2012.

Is Stockett's book a skillful depiction of the ironies and hypocrisies that defined an era? Or is it a white-washed version of the civil rights movement that praises a white woman as the savior of poor African Americans? Join us for what promises to be a lively discussion led by Stowe Center historic interpreter Sarah Rice.
Refreshments will be served at 5:00 p.m. in the Stowe Visitor Center followed by a one-hour discussion beginning at 5:30 p.m. Registration is suggested: Call (860) 522-9258 ext. 317 or e-mail Info@StoweCenter.org. Free, secure parking is available at the Stowe Center (77 Forest St.) and The Mark Twain House & Museum (351 Farmington Avenue) parking lots.
Nook Farm Book Talks is a collaboration between the Stowe Center and The Mark Twain House & Museum, made possible in part by the Connecticut Humanities Council. Nook Farm Book Talks continue September 20 with a discussion of A Guide to Historic Hartford by Daniel Sterner at the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center.
 
For more information, call 860-522-9258, ext. 317.

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