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For Immediate Release (00-27)
Date: June 14, 2000
Contact: Steve Simon, 240-567-7952 (pager: 301-930-2880)

Montgomery College’s Book Chats Focus on Contemporary Women Writers
The College’s Annual Book Discussion Series Looks at Fiction and Non-fiction Works

Rockville, MD -- If you are putting together your summer reading list for the vacation trip, you might consider adding the works of four contemporary women writers who will be the focus of this fall’s Montgomery College Book Chats.

The first is Julia Alvareza’s How the Gracia Girls Lost Their Accent, a novel of family and assimilation in late 20th America. The next work is the award-winning piece of non-fiction by Ann Fadiman --The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors and the Collision of Cultures. The book is about a clash of cultures in a battle to save a young girl’s life. The third is the poetic novel, Jasmine, by Bharati Mukherjee about being transformed by American culture. Finally, round out the list with a pair of works by Cynthia Ozick, The Shawl and Rosa. The short story and novella together provide a compelling look at the Holocaust.

This fall’s Book Chats at Montgomery College will be co-sponsored by the College’s Paul Peck Humanities Institute, the International Education Program, the Women’s Studies Program and the Honors Program. The schedule for the fall Book Chats is as follows: September 20 -- Alveraza; October 18 – Fadiman; November 15 – Mukherjee; December 13 -- Ozick.

There is no fee for attending the book chats, but organizers request you register in order to get your name on the mailing list. The chats are held on the Rockville campus of Montgomery College, in Campus Commons (Room 212), Campus Tower building. The public is invited. To register call, 240-567-1757.

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