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Pirates and castaways subject of Oct. 3 Talking Books Salon

September 15, 2006 -- from MSU News Service

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Bozeman - Pirates and castaways, and their role in classic literature as well as contemporary entertainment, will be the topic of the academic year's first Talking Books Salons, to be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3 at Borders Books of Bozeman.

Marvin Lansverk, professor of English at Montana State University, will kick off the third season of the Talking Books Salons with a discussion on pirates and castaways and why we have long loved them. The talk will range from today's wildly popular "Lost" and "Survivor" television series as well as the "Pirates of the Caribbean" films to classic literature's "Swiss Family Robinson" and "Castaway" as well as other literature going back 300 years.

"They all involve some combination of pirates and castaways--and they all share a common cultural thread going back to Daniel Defoe's groundbreaking Robinson Crusoe," said Lansverk, a specialist in British literature.

Borders Books in Bozeman, the MSU English Department and the MSU College of Letters and Science sponsor the Talking Books Salons, which center on literary topics of interest in a social and informal setting.

For more information, contact Borders Books at 522-9789.

Contact: Marvin Lansverk (406) 994-5198