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 Jacque Smith, Director of Public Relations

January 18, 2006

Beryl Markham’s West with the Night selected as One Book One Union finalist


LINCOLNBeryl Markham’s West with the Night has been selected as the finalist for One Book One Union, the college’s campus-wide reading program. Sponsored for the second year by Union’s Ella Johnson Crandall Memorial Library, library staff read and reviewed more than 50 books recommended by faculty and staff before selecting Markham’s book.
        Told in her own words, West with the Night tells the story of a young British woman raised in colonial East Africa. The book has been described as an adventure story, a portrait of the African landscape painted in words, and a first-hand account of British life in colonial East Africa before World War II. An unconventional woman who was both a horse trainer and a pilot, Beryl Markham appears equally comfortable in the rustic environment of the African natives as well as hobnobbing with the elite of colonial society. At the same time she is a free spirit who lives life entirely on her own terms.
        Ernest Hemmingway described her writing this way: As it is she has written so well, and marvelously well, that I was completely ashamed of myself as a writer. I felt that I was simply a carpenter with words, picking up whatever was furnished on the job and nailing them together and sometimes making an okay pigpen. But she can write rings around all of us who consider ourselves as writers.
The library staff challenged faculty, staff and students on campus to finish reading the book by the beginning of the spring semester to participate in discussion groups and special events that are now taking place. See a schedule of events below, or visit the library events page on Union’s Web site for updates on One Book One Union events.
        Copies of West with the Night are available on reserve at the Union College Library. The book may also be borrowed from Lincoln City Public Libraries. 
        Last year’s One Book One Union featured Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science by Atul Gawande.

2006 One Book One Union Events
All events held in the Union College Library classroom #121
Jan. 18 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. West with the Night as Literature. Book discussion led by Mike Mennard
Jan. 25
Jan. 26
12-1 p.m..; 4-5 p.m.
12:30-1:30 p.m.; 4-5 p.m.
World Without Walls: Beryl Markhams African Memoir (Video)
Feb. 1 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. West with the Night: a Pilot’s Perspective. Book Discussion led by Rich Carlson
Feb. 23 10:30 a.m. African Wildlife, Poaching and Tourism, a presentation by Stephanie Arne,
Henry Doorly Zoo (open to community members)