Reading program, nature talk among upcoming Dietrich events

First Posted: 1/9/2015

With the cold wind blowing outside, January is the perfect time to cuddle up with a good book or two.

If you are looking for some good reading, we invite you to join us for this year’s Wyoming County Reads project. You do not have to be a resident of Wyoming County to participate. This year’s selections are “Catch-22” by Joseph Heller and “The Things They Carried” by Tim O’Brien. Books are available to borrow at the Tunkhannock Public Library while they last.

My favorite part of Wyoming County Reads is the discussions. About 30 folks come out and share their views on what we have read and it really gives you a different perspective.

Like Edmund Wilson said, “No two persons ever read the same book.”

This year we will have three discussion facilitators and discussions will start at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 28 at the Tunkhannock Public Library, continuing at the same time and location every Wednesday through February. Bill Chapla will lead discussions on topics, including “The Truth, Tragedy and Inevitability of War,” “The Morality and Religion of War” and “The Language of Absurdity: The Bureaucracy of War.”

Then on Wednesday, Feb. 18, we will host guest facilitator Dr. Dan Fraustino, Professor of English and Theatre at The University of Scranton where he has taught poetry and fiction for 33 years. His discussion will focus on the novel “The Things They Carried.” During the evening, he will ask the group to closely examine O’Brien’s assessments of the Viet Nam War and his perception of the exceptional immorality and inhumanity towards the Vietnamese people committed routinely, O’Brien claims, by American servicemen.

Fraustino would also like to look at Tim O’Brien’s method of storytelling. I think what will make this discussion so very interesting is that Fraustino was a combat veteran of 13 months in Viet Nam, so I am sure he will bring some of his experience to the discussion.

Then on Wednesday, Feb. 25, John Tindell, instructor of Communications at Northampton Community College will present a pre-movie discussion of the film “Catch-22,” which will be shown at the Dietrich at noon and 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 4.

Admission is free to all book discussions and the movie showings.

The Dietrich will also present a nature talk at the end of January. Come out to the theater at 11 a.m. pm Saturday, Jan. 31 for Hiking through the Natural Beauty of Pennsylvania.

Presenter Jeff Mitchell will showcase our state’s beautiful parks and nature areas, including hiking trails and waterways with a focus on northeastern Pennsylvania. He will point out hidden waterfalls, expansive vistas and isolated wild areas that he has explored. He will add new pictures from last year’s presentation, and his book, “Hiking the Endless Mountains,” will be offered for sale.

All proceeds from book sales will benefit the Dietrich Theater and admission to the event is free. Tickets may be reserved by calling 570-996-1500 and will be available at the door while they last.

As you can see, the Dietrich is so much more than the movies!

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