Only one week remains for the many events planned by the William Woods University faculty and staff in conjunction with the Daniel Boone Regional Library’s One Read program.
This year’s book, chosen by a public vote, is “The Air We Breathe,” a novel byAndrea Barrett. All events at WWU are free and open to the public. These are the events still coming up:
Saturday, Sept. 26 (1 p.m.)—“Painting by the Lake.” Terry Martin and Jane Mudd, art professors, invite the community to join them for plein air (open air) painting at Junior Lake on the north side of the WWU campus. Participants are asked to bring their own supplies.
Monday, Sept. 28 (4 p.m., WWU Library Auditorium)—“A Reader’s Theater Presentation of the Historical Novel, with an Emphasis on the Anti-Immigrant Sentiment of Pre-WWI America,” presented by Dr. Betsy Tutt, education professor
Monday, Sept. 28 (4-6 p.m., Gladys Woods Kemper Center for the Arts)—Public reception for student art exhibit, in conjunction with the opening of the Faculty Art Exhibit.
Tuesday, Sept. 29 (7 p.m., WWU Library Auditorium)—“The Rwanda Community Partnership Project.” Dr. Robert Hansen, Nancy McCue and Mike Beahon relate what they discovered in Rwanda about AIDS and TB, how these diseases affect families in rural Africa and what the Fulton community is doing about it.
One Read, now in its eighth year, is a community-wide reading program that encourages adults of all ages to read one book and participate in thought-provoking discussion and activities.
“The Air We Breathe” takes place in the fall of 1916. Americans debate whether to enter the European war. “Preparedness parades” march and headlines report German spies. But in an isolated community in the Adirondacks, the danger is barely felt. At Tamarack Lake the focus is on the sick.
Wealthy tubercular patients live in private cure cottages; charity patients, mainly immigrants, fill the large public sanatorium. For all, time stands still. Prisoners of routine and yearning for absent families, the patients, including the newly arrived Leo Marburg, take solace in gossip, rumor, and—sometimes—secret attachments.
An enterprising patient initiates a weekly discussion group. When his well-meaning efforts lead instead to a tragic accident and a terrible betrayal, the war comes home, bringing with it a surge of anti-immigrant prejudice and vigilante sentiment. The conjunction of thwarted desires and political tension binds the patients so deeply that, finally, they speak about what’s happened in a single voice.