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Bismarck State College Library announces the 2022 BookTalk selections

Published: Dec 17 2021
Bismarck State College Library will host the annual BookTalk at BSC series exploring a “Journeys” theme beginning in January 2022. The discussions are free and open to the public and will take place on Sundays in January, February and March at the BSC Library.
 
Humanities instructor Dr. Brian Palecek kicks off the series on Sunday, Jan. 9, from 1-3 p.m., with the discussion of Rachel Joyce’s New York Times bestselling novel “The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry.” Joyce is a writer and playwright who studied at Bristol University and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. “The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry” was her first novel, published in 2012. It tells the story of a recently retired man who journeys on foot across the English countryside to deliver a letter to a lost love in hospice. This is a novel of charm, humor, and profound insight into the thoughts and feelings we all bury deep within our hearts.
 
On Sunday, Feb. 6, from 1-3 p.m., BSC Assistant Professor of Psychology Dr. Charlotte Williams will lead the discussion of Morgan Jerkin’s 2020 nonfiction book “Wandering in Strange Lands: A Daughter of the Great Migration Reclaims Her Roots.” Jerkins was recently named a 2021 Forbes 30 Under 30 Leader in Media and a 2021 ASME NEXT Award winner. “Wandering in Strange Lands” traces Jerkins’ family history and seeks to understand the cultural effects of the Great Migration, a movement of six million black Americans to the North, Midwest and West between 1916 and 1970. She shares her insights into this historical journey through interviews, photos, and hundreds of pages of transcription.
 
Palecek will wrap up the 2022 BookTalk at BSC series on Sunday, March 6 from 1-3 p.m., with the discussion of Jessica Bruder’s book “Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century.” Bruder is a writer, journalist, photojournalist, editor and educator based in Brooklyn, New York. “Nomadland” follows Bruder’s experience traveling across the United States to learn about the lives of the American “nomads” who have hit the road in late-model RVs, travel trailers and vans to find both work and community. She journeys alongside the migrant laborers who call themselves “workampers” to understand their stories more intimately.
 
BookTalk at BSC is funded by the BSC Library and the Rose Marie Henke Memorial Library Endowment. For more information, contact the BSC Library at 701-224-5450 or bsc.library@bismarckstate.edu.