Thu, Jun 30|
The Book of the Year: The Silence by Don DeLillo
Time & Location
Jun 30, 2022, 7:00 PM
About the Event
At 86 years old, Don DeLillo is considered one of the greatest living writers in the U.S.A. he has won several literary awards for his work, including the National Book Award, the PEN/Faulkner Award, the PEN/Saul Bellow Award, and the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction. In the Silence, he considers the vexing issue of our overwhelming dependence on technology. What would happen if one day, as occurs in the novel, all technology suddenly stopped: As he puts it, "what happens to people who live inside their phones?' The Silence unfolds as a haunting, wildly innovative novel that is an introduction to post-modernism. At the same time, the novel asks us to take a hard look at those screens we peer into every day. What is reflected there?
Location: Private Home
Presenter: Brian Railsback, Ph.D., is Professor of English, former founding Dean of The Honors College and Chair of the Faculty Senate at Western Carolina University. He has published considerable including John Steinbeck, Ron Rash, and Jesmyn Ward. He also publishes fiction, including a novel, the Darkest Clearing. At WCU, he has been named a University Scholar and received the Paul A. Reid Distinguished Service Award. Teaching for CLE since 1995, he has served as study guide for the CLE tour in Morocco in 2019.