Montgomery to lead discussion on ‘Salvage the Bones’ at next Book Club meeting

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By Sharita Mitchell-Perkins, Student writer

The Dec. 9 meeting of the TU Book Club ACTU will be feature a discussion on Jesmyn Ward’s book “Salvage the Bones” led by Dr. Maxine L. Montgomery.

Ward is a two-time National Book Award winner. “Salvage the Bones” was the 2011 National Book Award winner. The novel follows a family engulfed in poverty, addiction, death and a major natural disaster. Ward earned her B.A. in English (1999) and her M.A. in media studies and communications (2000), both at Stanford University. She also received her M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of Michigan and is an associate professor of creative writing at Tulane University.

The discussion leader, Dr. Montgomery, is an English professor at Florida State University. She specializes in African women’s studies, cultural studies, gender studies, the novel and American multi-ethnic literature. She earned her B.A. and M.A. in English from FSU and a doctorate in English from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Montgomery has been an FSU faculty member since 1988. A published author, her forthcoming book from the University Press of Mississippi is entitled “Meditations on Race, Culture, and History: New Critical Essays on Toni Morrison’s God Help the Child.”

The Dec. 9 Book Club meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in the Campus Center Classroom on TU’s Forbes Campus. The Book Club is a part of Thomas University’s Arts for the Community (ACTU). For more information, call 229-227-6964 or email Visit to learn about other ACTU events.

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