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TU Book Club kicks off new year with discussion of Faulkner’s short stories

By Sharita Mitchell-Perkins, Student writer

Thomas University’s Book Club will delve into the short stories of William Faulkner during its meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16, in Smith-Bonvillian Hall. Dr. Diane Roberts will lead the of the discussion of “Rose for Emily” and “Barn Burning.”

Faulkner wrote poetry, short stories and novels. He grew up in Oxford, Mississippi, and published “Rose for Emily” in 1930 and “Barn Burning” in 1939. Faulkner won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1949. One of Faulkner's most notable publications, “As I Lay Dying,” was published in 1930.

Discussion leader Dr. Roberts is a professor of creative writing and American Literature at Florida State University. She’s also an author, essayist, columnist, radio commentator and reviewer. Dr. Roberts contributes to Southern culture with her two books, “Faulkner and Southern Womanhood” and “The Myth of Aunt Jemima.” Dr. Roberts’ essay “Veiled in Emerald” was published in Southern Cultures in 2018 and her essay “Capital Dames” was published in Flamingo Magazine in August 2019. She is an editor for Oxford American Magazine and was interviewed and served as a consultant for ESPN’s “The American Game.”

The Book Club will meet in Classroom A of Smith-Bonvillian Hall on TU’s Forbes Campus. The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information, call 229-227-6964 or email

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