September 19, 2022

Pageturners Kicks off with “Frankenstein”

All are invited to monthly book discussions

Pageturners, Schoolcraft College’s book club, has announced its Fall 2022 schedule with three selections that will captivate readers and create engaging discussions. These discussions, which are open to students, faculty, staff and community members, are facilitated by either an Honors student or one of the co-coordinators of Pageturners, Denise Schell, English Professor; or Wayne Pricer, Librarian.

“These conversations are very interactive,” Professor Schell said. “Everyone who attends is invited to share their opinions, reactions, insights, and overall impressions of the book.”

With the season about to officially turn to fall, the first book is both familiar and appropriate: “Frankenstein,” by Mary Shelley.

September: “Frankenstein”

“Frankenstein” will be discussed in September.

Synopsis: Young scientist Victor Frankenstein, grief-stricken over the death of his mother, sets out in a series of laboratory experiments testing the ability to create life from non-living matter. Soon, his experiments progress further until he creates a humanoid creature 8 feet tall. But as Frankenstein soon discovers, a successful experiment does not always equal a positive outcome.

  • Book discussion: 1:30-2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 27, in BTC 120
  • Movie screening: 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 29, in McDowell 100 B and C

“Frankenstein” serves as a lead-in to the Schoolcraft College Theatre Department’s production of “The Gravedigger: A Frankenstein Story by Joseph Zettelmaier and directed by Michael Alan Herman. You can learn more about the production on the theatre website. The first performance is Friday, October 28.

October: “On the Fringe: Where Science Meets Pseudoscience”

“On the Fringe: Where Science Meets Pseudoscience” will be discussed in October. 

For October, Pageturners continues its tradition of collaborating with Dr. Mark Huston, Professor of Philosophy and Liberal Arts, on his Humanities 190 book selection. This year’s work is “On the Fringe: Where Science Meets Pseudoscience” by Michael G. Gordin. Dr. Huston, one of the region’s foremost authorities on conspiracy theories, will moderate a panel discussion.

Synopsis: “On the Fringe: Where Science Meets Pseudoscience” explores the philosophical and historical attempts to address the problem of differentiating between genuine science and pseudoscience. This book argues that by understanding doctrines that are often seen as antithetical to science, we can learn a great deal about how science operated in the past and does today.

  • Book discussion: 1:30-2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 25, in BTC 120
  • Panel discussion: 1:30-2:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 27, in McDowell 100 B and C

November: “True Biz”

“True Biz” will be discussed in November. 

The November selection is “True Biz” by Sara Novic. This book will be covered in collaboration with Dr. Deborah Burke and sections of her Psychology 229 course.

Synopsis: This is a story of sign language and lip-reading, disability and civil rights, isolation and injustice, first love and loss, and, above all, great persistence, daring and joy. Absorbing and assured, idiosyncratic and relatable, this is an unforgettable journey into the Deaf community and a universal celebration of human connection.

  • Book discussion: 1:30-2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 15, in BTC 120
  • Movie screening of “CODA”: 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 17, in McDowell 100 B and C

Remote option available

A remote option will be available for the discussions. You also can join by phone at 1-571-392-7650 PIN: 819 517 4794.

Our fall selections are an eclectic mix that has a little something for everyone,” said Wayne Pricer, Pageturners co-coordinator. “We invite everyone to attend for lively and insightful conversation.”

All book selections can be purchased from the Schoolcraft College Bookstore.

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