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Faculty Member to Review ‘The Goldfinch’ at May 2 Luncheon


Laura M. Dickinson
Laura M. Dickinson

An associate professor of English-composition at Penn College will be the presenter at the next Friends of the (James V.) Brown Library Book Review Luncheon, set for Friday, May 2. Laura M. Dickinson, a member of the college faculty since Fall 2005, will review Donna Tartt’s “The Goldfinch.” The story centers on Theo Decker, a young boy in New York City who miraculously survives an accident that takes the life of his mother. Alone and determined to avoid being taken in as an orphan by the city, Theo scrambles between nights in friends’ apartments and alone on the streets. He becomes entranced by the one thing that reminds him of his mother: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that soon draws Theo into the art underworld. Book Review Luncheons are held in the Lowry Room on the third floor of the library’s Welch Family Wing, starting at noon with a light lunch that can be purchased for $6. Those wishing to reserve a lunch should call the library’s information desk at 570-326-0536 before 3 p.m. April 30. Attendees may choose to bring their own bag lunches or takeout. Those interested in the review only may attend the 12:30 p.m. talk without having lunch. Metered parking is available in the adjacent Market Street lot. (Dickinson’s will be the second consecutive library presentation by a Penn College faculty member. Thomas A. Zimmerman, associate professor of psychology, this month discussed chapters from a pair of books by Irish-American author Colum McCann: “Let the Great World Spin” and “Transatlantic.”)

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