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Talk About Literature in Kansas (TALK)

Information about the TALK program at Butler Community College.

Current TALK Program

Fall 2021: Wit & Grit: Women Characters in Contemporary Fiction

Throughout literary history, the depiction of women has varied from writer to writer, but most often these portraits suggest the sensibility of the times as well as the sensibility of the author. Although exceptions exist, today’s female characters appear more prominently and cast from reality rather than dream. In this series, women of contemporary literature face situations and decisions that would challenge a shipload of whalers.

These women display the wit to think their way through obstacles, sometimes with humor, always with the grit to persist. Whether Cora deciding on a dangerous path to seek freedom from slavery, Amabelle facing losses and brutal killings, or Christina shouldering the load of a household and insights into her own shortcomings. In this series we meet women who think, act, and engage life on their own terms in search of their freedom, and their dreams.

Copies of all books are available at L. W. Nixon Library. Questions? Contact Ruth Harries, 316-322-3351 or

Discussion 1

Wednesday, October 13, 2:00 p.m.

  • Book: The Farming of Bones by Edwidge Danticat
  • Discussion leader: Trish Reeves
  • Location: Welcome Center (2000 building), room 2000-08

Discussion 2

Thursday, November 11, 2:00 p.m.

Discussion 3

Thursday, December 9, 2:00 p.m.

  • Book: A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline
  • Discussion leader: Miranda Ericsson
  • Location: Library classroom

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The TALK program is made possible by a grant from Humanities Kansas.


L. W. Nixon Library (600 building, second floor)
Butler Community College
901 S. Haverhill Rd.
El Dorado, KS 67042-3225