2012-11-29 / About Town

Two books chosen for December discussions

The Jamestown Philomenian Library’s afternoon book discussion will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 18, at 1 pm. The two short books chosen are “I Heard the Owl Call My Name” by Margaret Craven and “Winnie the Pooh” by A.A. Milne.

“I Heard the Owl Call My Name” is a book often read in high school, chosen this month for its lyricism and sweetness. The author reflects on the mysteries of life as a native culture of value is being gently worn away by contact with the dominant culture beyond its borders. Mark Brian is a young vicar sent to the village of Kingdomin, British Columbia, where the Kwakwala language is still spoken.

He suffers from an unnamed fatal disease. A bishop assigns Mark to the outpost so that he might learn of life in the time left to him. Mark is unaware of his terminal illness and his bishop does not tell him. Mark and villagers learn from one another as he considers the small village his home and family, and they consider him part of their tribe.

“Winnie the Pooh,” also called Pooh Bear, is a fictional anthropomorphic bear created by Milne. The first collection of stories about the character was the book in 1926. Three more volumes followed. All four volumes were illustrated by E.H. Shepard. The group will read the first volume for the wisdom Winnie imparts during the busy holiday season, when focus on what is important may well be hard to secure.

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