Novel Talk Series Continues with "The Help"


   Tragedies that evoke laughter have long been the mainstay of great literature.

   Join a distinguished panel of experts March 12, 7-8:30 p.m. in Hardesty Regional Library’s Frossard Auditorium, 8316 E. 93rd St., for “Novel Talk Presents Laughing Through Tears: Humor & Heartbreak in Literature.”  The discussion focuses on the contemporary classic “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett and how she manages to combine humor and heartbreak in thematically illuminating ways.

   Speakers include:

  • Alicia M.H. Latimer, coordinator, African-American Resource Center at Tulsa City-County Library
  • Dr. Jocelyn Payne, executive director, John Hope Franklin Reconciliation Center
  • Teresa Miller, executive director, Oklahoma Center for Poets and Writers at OSU-Tulsa

   This edition of Novel Talk is a precursor to the Tulsa Reads program “An Evening with Kathryn Stockett,” March 27, 7 p.m. at the Tulsa PAC/Chapman Music Hall.  Stockett will share her story, answer questions and sign copies of her books.

   Novel Talk is sponsored by the Tulsa Library Trust, Tulsa City-County Library, the Oklahoma Center for Poets and Writers at OSU-Tulsa, Tulsa Town Hall and Tulsa World, with additional support provided by the Mary K. Chapman Foundation and George Kaiser Family Foundation.

   For more information on Novel Talk or other library programs, call the AskUs Hotline, 918-549-7323, or visit the library’s website,

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