The read and discussion program, “Let’s Talk About It, Oklahoma” continues at the Altus Public Library with Dr. Margery Kingsley Thursday, Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. Dr. Kingsley will discuss the novel Native Tongue by Carl Hiaasen. Native Tongue is part of the Let’s Talk About It series, “Crime and Comedy: The Lighter Side of Murder and Misdemeanor.”
Native Tongue centers on the theft of a pair of a pair of rare blue-tongued mango voles from the Amazing Kingdom of Thrills and the plans of the Kingdom’s owner, Francis X. Kingsbury, to destroy the environment by building the Falcon Trace Golf and Country Club Resort Community. Former investigative reporter Joe Winder and some unlikely allies—former governor of Florida who goes by the name of Skink and the elderly Molly McNamara, band together to thwart the nefarious Kingsbury and his plans to destroy the environment. Native Tongue is Hiaasen at his comedic best.
Dr. Margery Kingsley came to Cameron University in 1994 after receiving a BA in English from Princeton University and an MA and PhD in English from the University of California, Los Angeles. She taught in the Department of English and Foreign Languages at Cameron for almost twenty years, and served as chair of that department from 2005 to 2013. She currently serves as Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs at Cameron, overseeing the Office of Teaching and Learning and coordinating the university’s first year student academic success initiatives. As a professor of literature, Dr. Kingsley has taught both the modern novel and the mystery novel; and with a score of relatives from Boston who retired to Florida and an unabashed love of theme parks, she has lived first hand the world of Carl Hiaasen’s Native Tongue.
The “Let’s Talk About It, Oklahoma,” a project of the Oklahoma Humanities Council, provides books, theme materials, and services for this series. Funding for this series is provided by a grant from the Oklahoma Humanities Council and the Inasmuch Foundation. Funding for this series was provided by a grant from the Kirkpatrick Family Fund. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of OHC Staff.
Books for each of the programs are available at the library for checkout. For more information about the program, call the library at 477-2890. Visit us at our Face Book page: Southern Prairie Library System or our website: www.spls.lib.ok.us.