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4/10/2008 Discussion groups planned for "Crescent"

press image McMINNVILLE – Two community discussions focusing on Diana Abu-Jaber's book "Crescent" will be held April 17 and April 24.

"Crescent" was the selection for this year's MacReads, the community-wide book reading and discussion. The discussions are held in preparation for Abu-Jaber's reading at Linfield College on May 1.

Frank McClanahan, a retired high school humanities and language arts teacher, will lead the discussion Thursday, April 17, at 7 p.m. at Third Street Books. His interest in the Middle East began when he spent a year on a kibbutz in Israel. He went on to travel through many Muslim countries and in 1991 received a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship and spent the summer studying Islamic literature at Columbia University.

Barbara Seidman, dean of faculty/vice president for academic affairs and professor of English, will lead the discussion Thursday, April 24, at 7 p.m. in the Nicholson Library at Linfield College. Seidman joined the English Department in 1983. Her academic training in American Literature includes special emphases in African American literary studies and the work of women writers.

The discussion groups are free and open to the public. For more information, call Susan Barnes Whyte, college librarian, 503-883-2517.