Telluride Library: "1984," 11/13

Telluride’s Wilkinson Public Library is hosting a discussion of George Orwell’s “1984.” The event takes place Monday, November 13, 5:30 p.m. The talk is led by library staff member Laura Colbert and retired Telluride High School math and English teacher (and former Colorado Teacher of the Year) Seth Berg. A screening of the film “1984” follows at 7 p.m. Scroll down to see the trailer.

George Orwell’s dystopian fantasy world is striking a chord now more than ever. Sales of the 68-year-old novel “1984” have gone up 300% over the last year.  Libraries are reporting the circulation of the book is way, way up. Have you not read the book since high school or college? Never read it? The scheduled talk and screening of “1984” at the Telluride Library is your chance to revisit the novel or read it for the first time and then join a discussion. 

Free paperback copies to keep are available for the first 10 people who sign up at the library. There is also a book club kit available for check out complete with 10 copies of “1984” and a kit folder with supplementary information about the book and author, as well as discussion topics.

Throughout its publication history, “1984” has been either banned or legally challenged as subversive or ideologically corrupting. In fact, according to the American Library Association, it’s one of the world’s top 10 most banned books.  Read”1984,” join the discussion, and find out why.

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