There's nothing worse than a ho-hum lunch spent idly browsing the Web while gumming a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. But there's a better, more filling option offered to all those brown baggers out there.
Boise State University's Department of English hosts the regular Literature for Lunch series, a free-to-attend book club to spice up the lunch hour beginning at noon the first Friday of each month. Organizers create a list of books for participants to read through the series. Readers then meet at the Boise Public Library for a meal and discussion. According to organizers, this season's offerings "capture Samuel Taylor Coleridge's reflection in 'Youth and Age' that 'Youth and I are housemates still' and the interesting dynamics that intergenerational relationships create."
Books selected as part of the series can be bought at a 25 percent discount at the Boise State Bookstore, or for 10 percent off at Rediscovered Bookshop or Hyde Park Books.
The program kicks off with Ernest Hemingway's classic The Old Man and the Sea, scheduled for Friday, Feb. 1, from 12:10-1 p.m. The Nobel Prize-winning book's principal character sails out to sea to grapple a massive marlin only to confront poor luck, ruination and despair--a novalla rife with opportunity for a robust discussion.
In March, Literature for lunch will take up Elizabeth Gaskell's North and South, followed in April by May Sarton's Mrs. Stevens Hears the Mermaids Singing, and in May by The Summer Book by Tove Jansson.