Friday, January 16, 2004

Online book discussion group

Audio Avenue, sponsored by the Illinois Talking Book Centers and Maine State Library Outreach, are pleased to announce the spring program of online book discussions. The discussions are lead by Tom Peters of TAP Information Services and are for talking book readers and anyone interested in participating. Discussions are held in the Audio Avenue ivocalize room. All that is needed to participate is an internet connection, sound card, and speakers. If readers have a microphone, they can interact via audio; if readers do not have a microphone, they can interact via text chat. If you would like to join us, go to, input your name, no password is needed and click enter. A small applet will download on your computer and then you will enter the room. The scheduled programs are listed below. If you have questions, please contact Tom Peters at or Other scheduled programs for Audio Avenue are at

Thursday, February 19, 2004: The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald (RC 55714) (Fiction)
Against the glitter and recklessness of the Jazz Age, Jay Gatsby makes a quiet but desperate attempt to recapture the past and the love of Daisy Buchanan. Amid extravagant parties at Gatsby’s palatial estate on Long Island, his neighbor narrates the story of his obsession with the American dream. 1925

Thursday, March 18, 2004: Handling Sin, by Michael Malone (RC 24876) (Fiction)
A madcap road novel of chivalrous heroes and extraordinary events set in the 20th Century South. Recounts the two-week odyssey of Raleigh Whittier Hayes, an upstanding citizen of Thermopylae, North Carolina, and Mingo Sheffield, his humorous sidekick.

Tuesday, April 20, 2004: Theodore Rex, by Edmund Morris (RD 53306) (Biography)
This sequel to The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt (RD 14168) concentrates on Roosevelt’s two terms as president following the 1901 assassination of William McKinley. Morris examines Roosevelt’s major achievements, including a Nobel Peace Prize, the Panama Canal treaty, and enduring antitrust and conservation legislation.

Wednesday, May 19, 2004: The Last Report on the Miracles of Little No Horse, by Louise Erdrich (RC 53273) (Fiction)
From 1912 to 1996 Agnes De Witt has presented herself to the Ojibwe reservation in North Dakota as a benevolent priest, Father Damien, all the while concealing her female identity. She recalls her life story while debating what to reveal to an envoy from the Vatican investigating a nun’s alleged miracles.

Thursday, June 17, 2004: The Seventies: The Great Shift in American Culture, Society, and Politics, by Bruce J. Schulman (RC 54009) (Non-Fiction)
Historian portrays life in the U.S. in the 1970s, and shows how the decade transformed American popular beliefs and cultural attitudes. Analyzes presidential politics, national policies, and the shift of economic power. Describes the many social changes, including racial integration, the graying of America, and the women’s movement.

Wednesday, July 14, 2004: Assimilating America: A Celebration of the Centennial of Isaac Bashevis Singer’s Birth

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