Warm up with Purdue's Books and Coffee February series

January 22, 2015  

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — For the 65th year in a row, every Thursday in February will feature the Books and Coffee series from 4-5 p.m., which is sponsored by the English Department and Purdue Student Union Board.

Each week will feature a different book and guest speaker from the Purdue faculty, beginning with "The Fault in Our Stars," by John Green, presented by Melanie E. Shoffner, associate professor of English education, on Feb. 5 in Stewart Center, Room 302/306.

The other events will be held in Purdue Memorial Union's North Ballroom, and those talks are:

* Feb. 12. Purdue associate professor of English Roxane Gay's "An Untamed State" will be presented by Marlo D. David, assistant professor of English and interdisciplinary studies.

* Feb. 19. Purdue professor of English and director of Creative Writing Brian Leung's award-winning "Take Me Home: A Novel" will be presented by Monica M. Trieu, assistant professor of interdisciplinary studies.

* Feb. 26. Louise Erdrich's "The Round House" will be presented by Nancy J. Peterson, professor and head of the English department.

Each discussion is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided starting at 4 p.m., and the presentation on the book begins at 4:30 p.m. Attendees also can enter a drawing for prizes donated by local merchants. Following a formal presentation, speakers will be able to briefly discuss books with attendees.

Writer: Rachel Semple, rsemple@purdue.edu 

Media contact: Amy Patterson Neubert, 765-494-9723, apatterson@purdue.edu 

Source: Venetria Patton, professor of English and African-American studies, 765-494-2151, vpatton@purdue.edu 

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