Reading Together

What if the entire community read the same book at the same time? Read and discuss Tracy Kidder’s Strength in What Remains with people of all ages and walks of life.

Forgiveness as a Theme

In today’s post, I’d like to highlight several films that engage in one way or another with the theme of forgiveness (both of oneself and that of others). The affirmative expression of forgiveness and its role in repairing damaged lives and communities will be a central point of discourse during this year’s Reading Together programs. Each of these films and their characters either directly or sometimes in subtle ways explores the ways in which subjects negotiate the complexities of forgiveness, either on a broad social level or that of individuals in search of unburdening of some sort of psychic pain in order to reconnect (Ordinary People). Throughout these films, there is a thematic current of struggle to redeem and to mend, coursing its way through the lives of characters as they hunt for meaning in an otherwise turbulent and uncertain world. Whether it’s the death row inmate seeking forgiveness prior to his execution in Dead Man Walking or the colonial slave trader in The Mission looking to amend for his earlier crimes amongst the same community he unjustly worked to destroy, films have long probed the difficulties and possibilities involved with reconciliation. So while you’re enjoying the book discussions with your fellow community members and participating in a Reading Together program or two, don’t forget to supplement your engagement with this always timely and dynamic topic with a thought provoking film from our rich collection.

Tender Mercies

The Straight Story

The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada

The Royal Tenenbaum's

Smoke Signals

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2011 Press Coverage

May 17, 2011
Reading TogetherReading Together
Deo has known horror & misery...
May 15, 2011
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Gordon Evans speaks with Deo
March 11, 2011
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To kick off the 2011 Reading...
March 9, 2011
Meet the AuthorMeet the Author
Pulitzer Prize-winning author...
March 6, 2011
WMUK InterviewWMUK Interview
Gordon Evans speaks with Kidder
February 27, 2011
More than FactsMore than Facts
Tracy Kidder wanted to be...
February 27, 2011
A JourneyA Journey
“A journey through horror to hope...”
February 24, 2011
Natural SelectionNatural Selection
Choosing “Strength in What Remains”
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