Established in 1968, England's Booker Prize is awarded annually to a citizen of the U. K., the Commonwealth, Ireland, Pakistan or South Africa who has written the year's best novel according to a panel of critics, writers and academics. Graham Swift, who won the Booker in 1996, singled it out as the finest accolade a writer can receive, "It's the one which, if we're completely honest, we most covet."
The discussions will be led by Helene Lang of the Vermont Humanities Council. The program is free and open to the public. The Martha Canfield Library is ADA accessible.
The books featured in the series will be discussed as follows: April 13 - "The Blind Assassin" by Margaret Atwood; April 27 - "The Life and Times of Michael K." by J. M. Coetzee; May 11 -"The God of Small Things" by Arundhati Roy; May 25 - "The English Patient" by Michael Ondaatje. Copies of the books to be discussed are available to borrow in advance at the library.
For more information, contact Phyllis Skidmore at 802-375-6153.
The Vermont Humanities Coun cil is a private nonprofit organization affiliated with the National Endowment for the Humanities. To learn more about VHC or to find out about other events in a nearby area, visit www.vermonthaumanties.org or call 802-262-2626.
The Martha Canfield Library is located at 528 East Arlington Road in Arlington. The hours are: Tuesday and Thursday, 9 a.m. until 8 p.m.; Wednesday, 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.; Friday, 2-6 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. The Library is ADA accessible.
For more information, contact the Martha Canfield Library at 802-375-6153 or visit the website at www.marthacanfieldllibrary .org.