OCU Book Discussion Calls on ‘Roy Rogers’

The Let’s Talk About It, Oklahoma book discussion series at Oklahoma City University will continue with “My Last Days as Roy Rogers” by Pat Cunningham Devoto at 7 p.m. Feb. 24in Walker Center room 151.

A book for crying and laughing at the same time, “My Last Days as Roy Rogers” seems homage to Huck Finn and “To Kill a Mockingbird.” Set in Alabama during the fear of contracting polio, the character Tab learns to cope with the diverse members of her family and community as she reaches the end of her days of youthful play and wonders why inequality and injustice make life so hard.

The discussion series is made possible through a grant from the Oklahoma Humanities Council. At each session in the five-part series, a humanities scholar makes a presentation on the book in the context of the theme. Small group discussions follow with experienced discussion leaders. At the end, all participants come together for a brief wrap-up.

Those who are interested in participating are encouraged to preregister and borrow the reading selections and theme brochure by calling Harbour Winn at (405) 208-5472, emailing him at hwinn@okcu.edu or dropping by the Dulaney-Browne Library room 211 or 207.

Winn, director of the Center for Interpersonal Study through Film & Literature at OCU, said the series, titled “The Dynamics of Dysfunction:  To Laugh or Cry or Both,” is focusing on dysfunctional family relationships.

“Many great works of literature since time immemorial have explored issues of relationship problems within the family unit,” he said. “Look no further than the tortured families of Joseph with that colorful coat or Noah after the flood in the Old Testament. William Shakespeare, too, penned a couple of dramas featuring some rather unbalanced families.”

The final discussion in the series season will be March 10 with “The Sleepy Hollow Family Almanac” by Kris D’Agostino.