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Next TU Book Club meeting to focus on ‘Lincoln in the Bardo’

George Saunders’ award-winning book “Lincoln in the Bardo” will be the topic of discussion at the next TU Book Club at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 13, in the Campus Center Classroom on TU’s Forbes Campus.

The fictional “Lincoln in the Bardo” takes place as President Abraham Lincoln’s son Willie dies. Lincoln deals with his grief in the bardo, a space between life and death, where he encounters ghosts who reside there.

Saunders won the 2017 Man Booker Prize for “Lincoln in the Bardo.”

Leading the TU Book Club discussion will be Dr. Jim Hughes and Dr. Bonnie Woodbery.

Hughes, a resident of Thomasville, is a retired educator with a career that spanned 40 years and included teaching high school English in Columbus, Manchester, Thomasville and Moultrie; and serving as head football coach and athletic director at both Thomasville High School and Colquitt County High School.  In 2000 Hughes left secondary education to serve for 13 years as the executive director of the Georgia Industries for the Blind at the Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency in Bainbridge.

Hughes was inducted into the Thomasville-Thomas County Sports Hall of Fame in 1999 and the Moultrie-Colquitt County Sports Hall of Fame in 2000, the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association Sports Hall of Fame in 2009 and the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in 2014.

Hughes holds a Doctor of Education Degree, an Education Specialist Degree and a Master of Education Degree, all in Administration and Supervision from Auburn University; and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy and English from Vanderbilt University.

Woodbery, a resident of Tallahassee, has been a member of the Thomas University faculty since 2003. An assistant professor of English, she teaches classes in literature, interdisciplinary studies, humanities, composition, critical theory and professional writing.

Woodbery holds a Ph.D. in English, a master’s degree in English and a bachelor’s degree in English and Humanities, all from Florida State University. She has served as a member of the Modern Language Association, the College English Association, directed the TU Book Club and served as co-adviser of the TU chapter of Alpha Chi, an honor society for junior and senior students in the top 10 percent of their class.

The Book Club meeting is part of Arts for the Community at Thomas University (ACTU). For more information, call 229-227-6964 or email Visit to learn about other ACTU events.



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