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November 9, 2010

"Riffing on Hamlet" Focus of RSU Library Book Talk

"Gertrude and Claudius" by John Updike will be the primary focus of the Nov. 11 book talk to be delivered by Dr. Gregory Thompson, assistant professor of English and Humanities at Rogers State University.

The discussion will be held at noon in room 207 of the Stratton Taylor Library on the RSU campus in Claremore, 1701 W. Will Rogers Blvd. It is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served and attendees are invited to bring a sack lunch.

The presentation, entitled "Riffing on Hamlet," also will include discussion of the plays "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead" by Tom Stoppard and "Fortinbras" by Lee Blessing.

Updike's book, originally published in 2000, is a piece of fiction that leans on Shakespeare's "Hamlet" to tell a new story of revenge.

Thompson teaches an array of courses in literature and humanities at RSU. He holds bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Southern Florida, as well as a master's degree and Ph.D. from Florida State University. He also serves as head of the Department of English and Humanities and established the RSU Center for Studies at Large.

The Stratton Taylor Library provides informational resources and expertise that support the intellectual and cultural development of RSU students, faculty, staff, and community members. The library's collection holds more than 77,000 books, more than 225 periodical subscriptions and thousands of DVDs, videos and CDs. It also has access to more than 40,000 electronic books and 66 electronic databases.

For More information, visit www.rsu.edu/st-library/.