Carmel Clay Public Library celebrates Brontë this summer

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The Carmel Clay Public Library will host several events to celebrate the 200th birthday of author Emily Brontë. She was best known for her classic novel, “Wuthering Heights.”

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“This is the first time the library has hosted a Brontë-related event,” Laura Crockett, CCPL reference services senior assistant at CCPL, stated in an email. “We wanted to celebrate her work and her memory with various events throughout July. Brontë was a quiet, private and fiercely opinionated woman. She is an enigma, and people still study her and her work today. She gave a voice for female writers in a time when novels were considered frivolous and vacuous.”

The events will include a discussion of the book and showing of “Jane Eyre” by Charlotte Brontë July 19; a discussion of the book and showing of “Wuthering Heights” July 27;  and an event called “Celebrating Emily” July 30.

“We’re celebrating all things Emily Brontë with Dr. Joyce Huff, professor of Victorian and Gothic Literature at Ball State University and Brontë expert,” Crockett said. “She will lead us down the fascinating road that was Emily’s life and literature, the impact of ‘Wuthering Heights,’ and the complex nature that defined the Victorian age. Dr. Huff is known for her energy and enthusiasm, and her wealth of knowledge will be welcomed by anyone interested in history, British literature, feminism and, of course, the Brontë family.”

CCPL wants to celebrate female authors by creating events to showcase their work.

“2018 is a big anniversary year for a lot of classic female writers,” Crockett said. “Their work has influenced readers and writers across the centuries, and their stories still move us today. The library always strives to connect our patrons to all sorts of literature in a variety of ways. Something written a hundred years ago is still relevant today.”

The events are free. For more, visit carmel.lib.in.us.


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