Dr. Beth Savage’s Book Club

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Kamryn Schnieder ~ Copy Editor

    Dean of the Westover Honors College, Dr. Beth Savage has launched the second iteration of her Book Club at the University of Lynchburg.“We read books and discuss them,” Dr. Beth Savage, organizer of the club, said.

Savage says that part of her motivation for the club is that she enjoys people coming together for a common interest and getting to socialize about the content of the books they read.

       Some of the books they plan on reading and have read within the club are Shirley Jackson’s “The Haunting of Hillhouse,” Madeline Miller’s “Circe,” and Henry James’ “Turn of the Screw.” 

The club also reads short stories and has watched related series connected to the novels they have read. Savage said, “We read Good Omens, by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, and we watched that series online together as well,” and “I would love to [read and watch] Lovecraft Country next, which is currently airing as a series on HBO as well.”

     This club, while led and organized by Westover faculty and students, is not Westover exclusive. Savage clarified that while she will “only advertise it to Westover students, but I cannot say no to any student who wants to read and talk about books.” 

She also clarified that she doesn’t advertise it campus-wide for fear the club will get too big and everyone won’t be able to play a part in the discussion. She does support and encourage more students on campus to start and organize their own book clubs as well.

     Savage also stated that she started the club because “Students seem to be reading for pleasure much more than I did at their age, which makes me so happy,” and she was “so thrilled that young people are reading on their own for pleasure.” She enjoys the mix of perspectives and majors within the club and the “common ground in [their] love of reading.”

     Mandy Linehan, a member of the club as well as a Westover fellow said, “Book club is my FAVORITE!” She also stated, “We are a really tight knit group of people and Dr. Savage is amazing.” 

She also reaffirmed that the club kept up its meetings via the internet even after students were sent home last spring. She said “I feel so close to them and they were there for me during the pandemic. I always loved being able to have a book club to look forward to all the way through June! It gave me motivation to get through the quarantine.”

     If you are interested in joining the book club, read “Turn of the Screw” by Henry James and get into contact with Dr. Beth Savage through her email, savage@gmail.com

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