Episode 029: Little Women

Thanks for joining us! In this episode we’ll be talking about Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, as it was chosen for us by our lovely Facebook group! Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy are four sisters caught between childhood dreams and the realities of burgeoning adulthood as they come of age in New England during and after the civil war. Pastor’s daughters raised in raised in integrity and virtue, but also love and imagination, they negotiate the choices that will either narrow or expand their destinies. Inspired by the author’s life, Little Women transcends genre, gender, and class with its examination of personal quests, societal and religious restrictions, family ties, and the growing pains of becoming an adult.

In this episode we discuss

How Kirsten was such a Meg as a kid (and this photo of her directing a theatrical performance from the early 1980s);

A Long Fatal Love Chase  by A.M. Barnard;

Duncan Mercredi and his recent interview on the Winnipeg Arts Council website.

Trevor’s surprising experience as assistant to a secret society

***Correction: In The West Wing, First Lady Abbey Bartlet was played Stockard Channing

Can you tell me a book I would also like?

Kirsten: We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Fowler;

Trevor: Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery (available on Overdrive as an ebook and audiobook);

Dennis: Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck;

Erica: Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen.

Nerd words for word nerds

Erica: Hashafashasha;

Kirsten: Interrobang;

Trevor: Pickled Limes;

Dennis: Inconsequential.

Thanks to @oonevermoreo, @winniecitee, @amandarogo, @Jenniferallard73, and @scoutaboot for their contributions to the discussion! Thanks also to our lovely Facebook group.

Next month we’re talking about Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin. It’s available in print and online through Overdrive. We’re looking forward to hearing what you think.

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Time to Read is a production of the Winnipeg Public Library. Our panel today included  Kirsten Wurmann, Trevor Lockhart, Dennis Penner, and Erica Ball.

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