Literature for Lunch

Spring 2020

Exile, Refuge, Home

The Hemingway Literary Center of the English Department at Boise State University presents the theme “Exile, Refuge, Home.” Literature has frequently turned to the trope of home and exile in representing various aspects of life’s journeys. This series raises the question, “What are the meanings of ‘home’?” What can we learn about the diverse experiences of exile, diaspora, finding refuge, and seeking, creating, and defining home from reading narratives of departure, return, displacement, and discovery?

Please join us to explore these questions through four contemporary novels and conversation at Lit for Lunch, and join us for author talks, panel discussions, performances and more this year through the Hemingway Literary Center.

Friday, February 14. Franz Werfel, The Forty Days of Musa Dagh

Friday, March 13. Langston Hughes, Not Without Laughter

Friday, April 10. Héctor Tobar, The Tattooed Soldier

Friday, May 8. Jenny Erpenbeck, Go Went Gone

Book discussions are held at the Boise Public Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd., from 12:10 to 1 p.m., in the Bingham Room (3rd floor) and are free and open to the public. Books are available at Rediscovered Books on 8th street between Main and Idaho which gives a 10% discount and at the BSU Bookstore in the Student Union Building (208-426-1362), which gives a 25% discount. For more information, contact BSU English Professor Cheryl Hindrichs, 208-901-5500.