Stillwater Public Library’s 2008 “Let’s Talk About It, Oklahoma” book discussion series will focus on fiction by and about black Americans.

“Invisibility and Identity: The Search for Self in African American Fiction,” a series of reading and discussion programs, will begin Jan. 8 and run every three weeks until April 1. Participation is free of charge. Those interested are asked to sign up at the library’s help desk. Registration is open now.

“The search for self is the common theme of the five contemporary African American novels in this series,” said Lynda Reynolds, director of Stillwater Public Library.

Books, services and other materials for this series of programs are provided by LTAIO, a statewide project of the Oklahoma Humanities Council. This is the fifth consecutive year the library has participated in this program.

This year’s theme was developed by Dr. Paul Lehman, professor of English at the University of Central Oklahoma, and Dr. Jennifer Kidney, director of LTAIO, as part of the “We the People” initiative of the NEH.

Both of these individuals will be presenting at one of the programs.

The first book in the series is Oklahoma native Ralph Ellison’s classic novel, “Invisible Man,” which received a National Book Award in 1952.

Dr. Ed Walkiewicz of Oklahoma State University will open the program on Ellison’s work at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 8 in Room 309 of the library.

Programs will continue on Jan. 29, Feb. 19, March 11 and April 1. Other books in the series are “Little Scarlett,” a mystery by Walter Mosley set in the aftermath of Watts riots of 1965; “The Bluest Eye” by Toni Morrison; Alice Walker’s “Meridian”; and “The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman” by Ernest Gaines.

Each program will begin with a presentation by a visiting scholar.

The presentation will be followed by refreshments and small group discussions of the book.

Stillwater Public Library is located at 1107 S. Duck. For more information, call 372-3633 or visit the library’s website at .

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