Montana State University

'Chick Lit' topic of Talking Books discussion

February 17, 2005 -- from MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN - Montana State University English professor Robert Bennett, a researcher on popular culture, will discuss "Chick Lit: What's the buzz about?" at the next Talking Books Salon, scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 1 at Borders Bookstore, 2855 N. 19th.

The salon series is sponsored by MSU's Department of English and features faculty-led discussions about books, genres and authors. Faculty members bring their knowledge and relevant input to the topic while encouraging participants to join the conversation with their own ideas and observations.

Bennett's research explores 20th century American literature and popular culture. He has recently taught courses on California culture and shopping in American literature, and is currently writing books on the suburbanization of the American West and is researching film icon Brad Pitt. Bennett's Talking Book discussion will focus on the current genre novels with witty female protagonists who possess an impeccable sense of fashion, trendy urban settings and candy-colored covers.

Reading a book or two from the list is recommended, but not required. Suggested reading for the discussion includes "Bridget Jones's Diary" and "Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason," by Helen Fielding; "Girl's Night In" by Lauren Henderson, Chris Manby, and Sarah Mlynowski, eds.; "Trading Up" by Candace Bushnell; "Confessions of a Shopaholic" by Sophie Kinsella and "Babyville" by Jane Green.

The event is free and open to all. For more information, contact the MSU Department of English at 994-3768.

Contact: Sarah Alexander (406) 994-4288,