Southwest Georgia Technical College (SWGTC) English instructors Maria Studabaker-Coppage and Dr. Jay Snodgrass participated in a panel discussion on Tuesday at the Thomas County Public Library. This event was done in conjunction with the One Book project, “a Thomas County community read,” a series of events focused on promoting literacy throughout the community.
The group, including Thomas University’s Dr. Sandra Simonds, discussed different aspects of Mitch Albom’s book, The Time Keeper. Each panelist gave their literary analysis of the book and pointed out literary elements of interest.
“These types of events benefit our community because they help start the conversation about literary issues. They give our community the opportunity to be exposed to in-depth critical ideas about books, and ways of reading, that they might not otherwise have the opportunity to be involved in, in a setting that fosters open communication. I enjoyed contributing my thoughts and my expertise to an examination of the book, and to help guide the conversations from an academic perspective,” said Snodgrass.
After the panelists’ initial discussion, the audience was given the opportunity to ask questions and give feedback on the book. Many different aspects of the book were explored --- from the meanings of the names of the characters, to tie-ins with Greek mythology and a comparison to Dante’s Inferno.
The event ended with a giveaway of two tickets to the presentation that will be given by Mitch Albom himself on Sept. 26 at the Thomasville Center for the Arts.
Coppage and Snodgrass have also been the driving force behind the creation of a new literary club at SWGTC. This club published their first edition of the student-run literary magazine, The Inkwell, last June. The student contributors to The Inkwell, along with Snodgrass and other students and members of the community, will be reading poems at another free One Book event, A Time To Listen. The Thomas University Jazz Ensemble will also be featured that evening. A Time to Listen is set for Saturday, September 21st from 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. at Grassroots Coffee on Broad Street. The public is invited to come enjoy a night of poetry and wonderful music!
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