The author of the October selection for the Pageturners Library Book Club was the featured speaker for the recent Northern Idaho Distinguished Humanities Lecture and Dinner in Coeur d’Alene.
The book club will discuss “Majic Bus: An American Odyssey,” by Douglas Brinkley when it meets Wednesday, Oct. 23, at 10:15 a.m. in the Community Room at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave. The discussion will be led by George Ives.
Pageturners discussions are open to any adult readers. Visit the Research and Information Desk at the library to check on the availability of the book.
Brinkley is a professor of history at Rice University. He is the author, co-author, and editor of more than two dozen books exploring American history and literature, the American presidency, and contemporary culture and events.
His books range from biographies of presidents Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter and histories of World War II, to the compilation of letters and unpublished manuscripts of contemporary literary icons Jack Kerouac and Hunter S. Thompson.
He is the official historian for CBS News, contributed to CNN, NBC and PBS news productions and a contributor to the New York Times, Boston Globe, Vanity Fair and Rolling Stone.
“Majic Bus” follows the experience created by Brinkley who arranged to teach a six-week experimental class aboard a fully equipped sleeper bus. The class would visit thirty states and ten national parks. They would read twelve books by great American writers and experience cultural activities that included a Bob Dylan concert in Seattle, gambling at a Vegas casino, Bourbon Street jazz in New Orleans, Elvis Presley's Graceland and William Faulkner's Rowan Oak.
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