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Beatnik party celebrates 50th birthday of Kerouac book

October 17, 2006 -- from MSU News Service

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Bozeman - Jack Kerouac's "On the Road" turns 50 this year and a Montana State University English professor will talk about the implications at a Talking Book Salon Beatnik Birthday party to be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7, at Borders Books of Bozeman.

Bennett, a specialist on contemporary American culture, will lead a discussion about Kerouac's most famous novel, its role as a founding text for the Beat Generation and its influence on post-World War II culture.

"Looking back across the past five decades, Kerouac's 'On the Road' has not only defied its critics to stand the test of time, but it is now more popular than ever, inspiring new generations of readers to go on the road, to listen to jazz, to live life more fully or to write their own spontaneous commentaries on life," Bennett said.

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: Robert Bennett (406) 994-5195 bennett@english.montana.edu