New Bern-Craven County
Public Library

a member of the Craven-Pamlico-Carteret Regional Library System


"Let's Talk About It..."

Law and Literature: The Eva R. Rubin Series

Registration begins January 2, 2019.

The law plays a powerful role in shaping the way we see ourselves and our own society.  It is often in highly publicized trials and during moments of crisis, that our societal values and misdeeds are exposed.  What we have come to accept as a law and custom may be more of a fiction.  Trials and the administration of justice are at the center of all of these books.  Legal issues furnish the plots; the author’s imaginations supply the rest. These books make us take notice of the ways law shapes our humanity, what happens when characters encounter the complexities, conundrums, aspirations, and limitations of the legal system.  We will come to see how the law has a real presence in human life.  

All programs are Mondays at 7 p.m. in the Hayden H. Jones Auditorium.

  • February 4--A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines, discussion led by Frank Deena, East Carolina University.
  • February 25--Billy Budd by Herman Melville, discussion led by Nick Halpern, North Carolina State University.
  • March 18--Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson, discussion led by Susan Schmidt, Independent Scholar.
  • April 8--The Emperor of Ocean Park by Stephen L. Carter, discussion led by Willie Nelms, Independent Scholar.
  • April 29--The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson by Mark Twain, discussion led by Margaret Bauer, East Carolina University.

To register call 638-7807.

This project is made possible by a grant from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide non-profit and  affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, in partnership with the North Carolina Center for the Book, a program of the State Library of North Carolina, and is sponsored by the Friends of the New Bern-Craven County Public Library.

Spring 2019