Wednesday, April 8, 2009

2nd Brown Bag Speaker is Professor Loralyn Whitney -- Date October 15, 2009

Greetings and welcome to the second of the Fall 2009 idea-inflicting informal interpolations from the Baron-Forness Library Brown Bag Speakers Series. The Series meets THRUSDAYS at NOON (also knowen as High Noon) high atop the autumn-accented campus of Edinboro University, "the most scenic lecture series on campus," in Room 715 of Your Library. This meeting will be held October 15, 2009.

Our second speaker is Professor Loralyn Whitney Acquistions Libraian for the Baron-Forness Library. Her topic is Chick Lit.
This brown bag lunch program will discuss the works of three best-selling “hot” chick lit authors: Jane Green, Sophie Kinsella, and Jennifer Weiner. Come and find out what chick lit is, who reads it, and if this genre of contemporary fiction is dead or alive.

In brief, chick lit is targeted toward the urban career woman between the ages of 20 and 30. The typical chick lit heroine often has troublesome issues or addictions to deal with, and has problems sustaining a satisfactory romantic relationship. Many of the novels reflect society’s obsession with consumerism. The hunt for the right scarf or pair of shoes is second in importance only to the hunt for Mr. Right. The archetype of the evil boss is also present in many chick lit novels --think The Devil Wears Prada. A large part of chick lit’s appeal comes from escapism. What young woman wouldn’t want to pursue a trendy career (broadcasting, fashion, publishing) in a major urban center New York, Dublin, London) that offers unlimited opportunities for shopping and socializing? The presenter, Professor Lora Whitney, researched chick lit during a sabbatical leave in 2006.

Bring your lunch, refreshments will be served.
Any questions? Call Jack Widner, Reference Librarian, at 2175.

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