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Great Books -- Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Mt. Lebanon Public Library has engaged popular speaker and writer Abby Mendelson to present a series of classes on Classic English and American Fiction. Alternating between English and American authors, Abby will be leading three-four classes each on such great novels as Joseph Conrad’s Nostromo, Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn, Charles Dickens’s Bleak House, Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence, George Orwell’s 1984, and more.
 
In February, we will be discussing Life on the Mississipi: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. REGISTER BELOW FOR ENTIRE SERIES. February 3, 10, 17 and 24. 
 
My Heavens, was there ever a greater American novel? In Mark Twain’s near-phantasmagoric version of the American Dream, he turns his life-giving Mississippi River into the quintessential American Nightmare, a watery landscape free and open as our picaro, Huck Finn, encounters the worst that America can give – a drunken, murderous father, noble, runaway slave (and the concurrent racism of the era), and scrapes and contretemps of every description. Replete with notions of liberty and landscape, Paradise Lost and the endless open road, considered by many to be the quintessential American novel, the well from which every other fictional depiction springs, Huck Finn, with its meditations on race, redemption, and the enduring value of our Republic, was required reading for Twain’s time – and ours as well.

A popular Osher teacher, Abby has diverse, eclectic interests and has authored books and articles on the Steelers and Pirates, Pittsburgh neighborhoods, houses of worship, jazz, notable personalities, sports, history, religion and politics. He also teaches creative non-fiction, wilderness and general literature, and environmental writing, and has directed numerous theses.

We will present these programs in the library building, but we will also offer them on Zoom for anyone who prefers a virtual format. 

For those joining via the free video conferencing software Zoom, a Library staff member will be supervising the session. The Librarian coordinating the event will email each registrant a Zoom meeting invitation before the start of the program. Zoom is available as a free desktop (for Windows, MacOS, and Linux Operating systems) and mobile application for Android and Apple iOS devices. Once Zoom is installed, you will be able to join the virtual Library program.  

Registration is required. By registering for this event you have agreed to comply with the library's patron behavior policy. All non-compliant participants will be immediately and permanently blocked from further participation.  Because the Librarian facilitating the event will not be able to provide live technical support during the virtual program, it is strongly encouraged you familiarize yourself with Zoom in advance of the program. You can also contact the Library’s Virtual Reference Service for assistance learning Zoom. You can also join a test meeting to familiarize yourself with Zoom. For more in-depth instructions please visit the Zoom support page on joining a meeting. 



Date:
Friday Feb 3, 2023  - Friday Feb 3, 2023

Time:
10:00 AM  -  11:30 AM

Contact:
Laurena Schultz, Public Services Librarian    412-531-1912    mtleblibrarian@einetwork.net

Location:
Meeting Room A