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Next TU Book Club meeting to focus on ‘Independent People’

The next meeting of Thomas University’s Book Club will feature a discussion led by Marianne deSalle Horchler about Halldor Laxness’ book “Independent People.” The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, March 19, in the Campus Center Classroom on TU’s Forbes Campus.

Written by Nobel laureate Halldor Laxness, “Independent People” tells the story of poor farmers in early 20th century Iceland. The novel focuses on sheep farmer Bjartur and his family’s struggles.

A native of Belgium where she earned the Prix du Jeune Poète, Horchler graduated cum laude from Liège University with a master’s degree in Germanic philology (English and Dutch studies) and honors for her dissertation “The Theme of the Frontier in the American Novel.” After working in an embassy and a French firm in Washington, D.C., she became a freelance journalist in upstate New York.

Horchler then started a series of fiber-related businesses, including a fiber farm where she raised several hundred sheep, angora goats and 150 angora rabbits; a fiber arts catalog; retail store and online source (The Woolery); and a spinning mill. After selling the mill, she moved The Woolery and another business to North Carolina, where she also taught French at Chowan University.

In 2009 Horchler moved to Thomasville, where she now resides, and won recognition for several of her haikus, which were published by Interweave Press. She won the Seven Hills First Prize for Short Story Fiction in 2011, a prize for Flash Fiction, and several awards for poems and haikus, four of which appeared in the 2012 Seven Hills Review. Her story “First Love” won second place in 2013 and was published in the 2014 Seven Hills Review.

For more information about the TU Book Club meeting, call 229-227-6964 or email 


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