Open Books - Open Minds

2013-2014 Common Book Selection

Student Conference, April 11th, 8:00am - 4:00pm
Student Union Ballroom

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This year's common book selection is Mat Johnson's PYM (2011). The narrator, who is obsessed with Edgar Allan Poe's only novel, The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym, sails on a quest to retrace Pym's voyage to Antarctica, where he encounters zombie-like monsters and global warming. It's an ironic comedy, a social satire, and a commentary on race in American culture and literature. PYM gets at really sensitive issues of race and identity through a disarming humor that is, at the same time, quite cutting. PYM pulls 19th-century racial, scientific, cultural discourses as well as its fiction and literature of exploration directly in dialogue with contemporary, possibly "post-racial" contexts and politics. Johnson speaks to this generation's unique struggle to understand the relationship between art and the world as well as with color politics, power, and environmental apocalypse. A more detailed description of the book can be found at Outside Linkhttp://matjohnson.info/pym/.

OBOM Upcoming Event

Tuesday, March 18, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Fortes Room, Adams Library 409

“True and Interesting Narratives: Poe’s Pym and PYM’s Poe,”
Russell Potter, Department of English, Rhode Island College

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A short video from the RIC Open Books - Open Minds program on this year's common book selection, PYM

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2014-2015 Common Book

The Open Books-Open Minds Committee is pleased to announce the 2014-15 common book:

Musicophilia : Tales of Music and the Brain by Oliver Sacks (Knopf 2007)

Drawing on the individual experiences of patients, musicians, composers, and everyday people, the author explores the complex human response to music, detailing the full range of human reactions to music, what goes on and can go wrong when we listen to music, and how music can affect those suffering from a variety of ailments.

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