Lunch With Books to examine perspectives on Pearl S. Buck

WHEELING — Jay Cole will discuss the new book from WVU Press, “Beyond The Good Earth: Transnational Perspectives on Pearl S. Buck,” at noon on Tuesday, June 25, at the Ohio County Public Library in Wheeling during the weekly Lunch With Books program.

How well do we really know Pearl S. Buck? Many think of Buck solely as the Nobel laureate and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “The Good Earth,” the novel that explained China to Americans in the 1930s. But Buck was more than a novelist and interpreter of China. As the essays in “Beyond The Good Earth” show, she possessed other passions and projects, some of which are just now coming into focus.

Who knew, for example, that Buck imagined and helped define multiculturalism long before it became a widely known concept? In “Beyond The Good Earth,” scholars and writers from the United States and China explore often overlooked topics from the life of Buck, positioning her career in the context of recent scholarship on transnational humanitarian activism, women’s rights activism, and civil rights activism.

Editor Jay Cole serves as senior advisor to the president of West Virginia University. He teaches courses about Buck as part of the WVU Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, and he is a member of the Pearl S. Buck Birthplace Foundation board of directors.

Lunch With Books programs are free and open to the public. Unless otherwise noted, they begin at noon on Tuesdays in the library’s auditorium. Attendees are welcome to bring a bag lunch, and complimentary beverages are provided.

Call the Ohio County Public Library at 304-232-0244 or visit the library’s website at www.ohiocountylibrary.org for more information

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