This year, people all over Fayette County are reading “The Heart is a Lonely Hunter.” That’s because the Fayette County Public Library’s (1821 Heritage Park Way, Fayetteville) annual Fayette on the Page program is focusing on the work of Georgia author Carson McCullers, specifically “The Heart is a Lonely Hunter,” for 2012.
This year’s program will feature, throughout August and September, a series of three films based on works by McCullers. These three films will be screened free of charge for the public at the Fayette County Public Library, and will include two Clayton State University professors sharing their time and expertise, hosting the screenings and then facilitating Q&A sessions after the screenings. Professor of English Dr. Gwendolyn Harold, and Associate Professor of English Dr. Brigitte Byrd are both taking part in this year’s program.
Each film will be shown twice in one week, on a Tuesday evening at 6:30 p.m., and on the following Saturday at 3 p.m.
Harold, an expert on Southern Literature, hosted screenings on Aug. 14 and Aug. 18, and will return on Tuesday, Sept. 4, at 6:30 p.m., to introduce and facilitate discussion of another McCullers-based film. Note: The library is prohibited from publicizing the actual titles of the films outside of the library -- a stipulation of the performance license purchased annually in order to show movies to the public. Contact the Fayette County Public Library at (770) 461-8841 and ask for film titles. A printed schedule for the Fayette on the Page 2012 Film Series, including film titles and descriptions, is also available for pickup at the library.
Byrd, a Fayetteville resident, will help close out the McCullers film series on Saturday, Sept. 15 at 3 p.m., with an introduction to the final film in the series, followed by a facilitated discussion.
“Dr. Harold’s presence this past Tuesday enhanced the audience’s viewing experience a great deal, and we are looking forward to the rest of her appearances, as well as Dr. Byrd’s,” says the Fayette County Public Library’s Public Services Librarian Sarah Trowbridge. “We are so grateful to be able to count on the expert assistance of Clayton State’s faculty whe
never we need a little academic `something extra’ for our programs here at the public library.”