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TU Book Club to discuss Crossing to Safety

During the next meeting of the Thomas University Book Club, Ann Larson will discuss Wallace Stegner’s book “Crossing to Safety.” The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17, in the Campus Center Classroom on the Forbes Campus.

“Crossing to Safety” debuted in 1987 as Stegner’s semi-autobiographical novel. The author had already won a Pulitzer Prize for his book “Angle of Repose” and a National Book Award for “The Spectator Bird.” In “Crossing to Safety,” the narrator and his wife recently moved to Madison, Wisconsin, where the narrator teaches creative writing at a university. They befriend another couple and, despite going their separate ways, continue to spend summer vacations together.

Leading the discussion will be Ann Larson. Originally from Augusta, Georgia, she received her bachelor’s degree in English from Agnes Scott College and her master’s degree in teaching from Duke University. Larson taught senior and Advanced Placement English for 50 years. Forty of those years were spent teaching at Brookwood School in Thomasville, where she created many of the school's ceremonies and traditions. During her tenure at Brookwood, Larson was named STAR teacher a record 12 times. Currently, Larson serves as vice president of the Thomasville Entertainment Foundation and is chair of its Education Committee. 

The TU Book Club is part of Arts for the Community at Thomas University (ACTU). Led by Dr. Bonnie Woodbery of the English Department, book club meetings are held once a month at TU and feature discussions on books of current interest as well as the classics. Book Club meetings are open to the public, and refreshments are served. For more information, contact Woodbery at

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