Willodene Scott Reading/Discussion Series: Possession
The Lipscomb University Beaman Library and the Nashville Chapter of the Women’s National Book Association present the 2013 Willodene Scott Reading/Discussion Series with the theme, “Based on the Book: Books into Film.”
Discussions will be held on one book per week for six weeks, June 10 through July 22 (except the week of July 4), at Lipscomb’s Ezell Center, Room 136, at 7 p.m. Sessions will be facilitated by academic professionals. Participants are invited to view the film based on the book prior to attending the discussions.
Monday, June 10
The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
Tale of 19th century New York high society in which a young lawyer falls in love with a woman separated from her husband, while he is engaged to the woman's cousin.
Facilitator: Kimberly Reed, Lipscomb University
The 1993 film version of The Age of Innocence stars Michelle Pfeiffer, Daniel Day-Lewis and Wynona Ryder and was directed by Martin Scorsese.
Atonement by Ian McEwan.
Fledgling writer Briony Tallis, as a 13-year-old, irrevocably changes the course of several lives when she accuses her older sister's lover of a crime he did not commit.
Facilitator: Linda Barnes, Austin Peay State University
The 2007 film version of Atonement features Keira Knightley and James McAvoy and was directed by Joe Wright.
The Razor’s Edge by W. Somerset Maugham
An adventuresome young man goes off to find himself and loses his socialite fiancée in the process. But when he returns 10 years later, she will stop at nothing to get him back, even though she is already married.
Facilitator: Matt Hearn, Lipscomb University
The 1946 film version of The Razor’s Edge stars Tyrone Power and Gene Tierney and was directed by Edmund Goulding.
No session the week of July 4
Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Florentino, rejected by the beautiful Fermina at a young age, devotes much of his adult life to carnal affairs as a desperate attempt to heal his broken heart.
Facilitator: Elizabeth Heffington, Lipscomb University
The 2007 film version of Love in the Time of Cholera features Javier Bardem, Benjamin Bratt and Giovanna Mezzogiorno and was directed by Mike Newell.
Possession by A. S. Byatt.
A pair of literary sleuths unearth the amorous secret of two Victorian poets only to find themselves falling under a passionate spell.
Facilitator: Jan Harris, Lipscomb University
The 2002 film version of Possession stars Gwyneth Paltrow, Aaron Eckhart and Jeremy Northam and was directed by Neil LaBute.
The Last Station by Jay Parini
A historical drama that illustrates Russian author Leo Tolstoy's struggle to balance fame and wealth with his commitment to a life devoid of material things.
Facilitator: Steve Prewitt, Lipscomb University
The 2009 film version of The Last Station stars Christopher Plummer and Helen Mirren and was directed by Michael Hoffman.
The Willodene Scott Reading/Discussion Series began twenty-three years ago, focused on a reading theme each summer to explore many diverse areas of reading interests. The series was renamed in 2012 to honor the late Dr. Willodene Scott, noted Nashville library professional and charter member of the Nashville Chapter of the WNBA.