Kim Stanley will lead a discussion of the book “Emma” by Jane Austen at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Newton Public Library’s Bessmer Meeting Room, 720 N. Oak.


Kim Stanley will lead a discussion of the book “Emma” by Jane Austen at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Newton Public Library’s Bessmer Meeting Room, 720 N. Oak.

This classic story is one of misconstrued romance in which matchmaker Emma and her circle of acquaintances unwittingly participate in a comedy of manners.

“Emma” is the first in a four-part “British Classics” series. The TALK (Talk About Literature in Kansas) book discussion series is provided by the Kansas Humanities Council, a non-profit organization with 30 years of promoting the understanding of the history, traditions, and ideas that shape our lives and build community.

Stanley is the chair of the Department of Modern Languages at McPherson College. She received her doctorate in English from the University of Texas at Austin and her master of arts in liberal arts from St. Johns College at Santa Fe. She has won the Dean’s Teaching Award at the University of Texas, the Professor of the Year Award (twice) at McPherson, and the Public Scholar Award from KHC. Kim has served KHC in the TALK program since 1992, Stories at Work, Prime Time Family Reading Time, and Read to Me (at Hutchinson Correctional Institute), and is currently a member of the KHC board of directors.

Those interested in attending the discussions may reserve copies of the books from the library. For more information, contact Marilyn Schmidt at 283-2890. This event is free and open to the public. No registration is required.