Literature fans can spend the last weekend of 2011’s Black History Month with Toni Morrison’s Pultizer Prize winning novel, Beloved. A discussion of the book, led by Faye Houston, will be held in the Poe Room at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, Central Branch at 10:15 a.m. Saturday, February 26, 2011.

“Beloved is great because – unlike some of Morrison’s other novels – it’s accessible and relatively short,” said Houston, who chooses works that are available at the library, so participants are not obligated to make purchases.

Beloved (1987) is set in Ohio several years after the Civil War (1861–1865). The lead character, Sethe is an African American woman tormented by her memories of being a slave, which cause her downward spiral. Morrison draws her readers into Sethe’s current mindset and her past recollections including her enslaved life, her escape from Sweet Home Farm, and the death (and seeming return) of her daughter, Beloved.

This well-written and captivating story is just one Morrison’s many works, which also include The Bluest Eye, Sula and Song of Solomon.

Upcoming discussion dates and books include the following:

  • Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese (Mar 26)
  • Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot (Apr 30)
  • Twilight by Stephanie Meyer (May 21)
  • Freakonomics by Steven Levitt (Jun 25)
  • Big Mouth & Ugly Girl by Joyce Carol Oates (Jul 23)

Faye Houston worked for Enoch Pratt Free Library for more than 30 years and headed the Humanities Department before retiring in 1999. She’s been leading this discussion group for 15 years.

DETAILS: Discussion: Toni Morrison’s Beloved. 10:15am, Sat., February 26, 2011. Enoch Pratt Central Branch, Poe Room, 400 Cathedral St. Baltimore. Contact Houston at 410-243-3143

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