MOUNT VERNON — A special double feature book discussion and classic movie night will be held at the Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Beginning on Tuesday at 7 p.m., library executive director John Chidester will share thoughts and insight into one of his favorite novels of all time, “A Prayer for Owen Meany,” by John Irving. This will be followed with a free showing of the classic movie, “Simon Birch” (PG), based on the book on the following night, Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.
Given away last year as part of the 2012 World Book Night free book giveaway program, the book has become a classic from the Irving who is also known for, “The World According to Garp.” “A Prayer for Owen Meany” has been known to challenge readers both intellectually and spiritually.
Meany knew he was small — dwarfishly small for an 11-year-old — but he also knew his life was meant for bigger things. He is an instrument of God and even when he finally gets the chance to try and hit a baseball in the big game, he refuses to call it an accident when the foul ball he hits kills his best friend’s mother in a freak twist of fate. She was the type of mother he could only dream about, but everything is meant for a purpose. Nothing is an accident. And what eventually happens to Meany can only be called extraordinary.
Author John Irving set his eighth novel in 1953 Gravesend, N.H. Some of the book will bring readers to tears, while some will make them laugh out loud. Other parts will stun and amaze the readers — both in the best of humanity and in the worst. The opening line of the book sums it up, “I am doomed to remember a boy with a wrecked voice — not because of his voice, or because he was the smallest person I ever knew, or even because he was the instrument of my mother’s death, but because he is the reason I believe in God; I am a Christian because of Owen Meany.”
Both programs are free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
Copies of the book may be checked out of the library, or purchased at Paragraphs Bookstore, Colonial Book Shop & Kids Shelf, or Kenyon College Book Store.
For more information contact the main library at 201 N. Mulberry St., call 740-392-BOOK (2665), ext. 243; visit www.knox.net; or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Published on March 15, 2013