WILLIAMSPORT - The Friends of the J. V. Brown Library will hold their next Book Review Luncheon on Friday, Feb. 3 at noon in the Lowry Theatre of the library's Welch Family Wing.
The reviewer will be Dr. Deborah Morris, English faculty member at the Pennsylvania College of Technology.
Since Feb. 7 is the bicentennial of the birth of Charles Dickens, her topic will center on the last years of Dickens' life and a novel he was working on at that time. Specifically, she will be reviewing the novel "Drood" by Dan Simmons which explores the unsolved mysteries of Dickens' last years and could provide some answers to the puzzle of Dickens' incomplete novel, "The Mystery of Edwin Drood."
Morris graduated from Smith College, Northampton, Mass., where she majored in English. She continued her studies at the Pennsylvania State University, subsequently earning a doctorate in Victorian Literature. After teaching at Louisiana State University and Penn State, she joined the faculty of Penn College in September, 1999.
She and her husband, John Poritsky, live in Williamsport with their two sons, Joel and Robert.
Book Review Luncheons are open to the public and are free. A light lunch may be ordered for $5 by calling the library information desk at 326-0536 no later than 3 p.m. Feb. 1. Bag lunches or take-outs also are welcome.
The luncheon starts at noon. Those interested may skip the luncheon and attend the talk at 12:30 p.m.
Book Review luncheons are being planned for the first Friday of March and April as well.