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Literary Guild program Thursday

Read and discuss. No, that’s not a classroom assignment but an invitation from the Ennis Literary Guild.
Thursday the group meets at the Ennis Public Library to compare notes on author Stephen Vincent Benet and to hear a lecture on him by Nella Phillips. The books by Benet up for discussion are “The Angel was a Yankee” and “The Devil and Daniel Webster.”
The upcoming event takes place during the noon hour so a “brown bag lunch” is planned.
Founded earlier this year by Joanne Ventura, Nancy Thomas and Sandra Wakefield, the Literary Guild has become a popular community club, one open to all women interested in literature, both classic and modern.
The group is a long-overdue treat for Ennis, according to one member, Janet Walker, who thanks Ventura “for taking a leadership role in organizing this much needed group for our city.”
Ventura said she has high hopes for the success of the Literary Guild, a book club different than most in that it’s non-exclusive.
“We want the club to be all-inclusive, and serve all women in the community,” she said.
The Literary Guild’s debut program was held in March at the Ennis Public Library’s multimedia center, with Wakefield performing a monologue as Queen Ester from her “Women of the Bible” series. In May the book, “Hey Good Looking” by Fern Michaels was reviewed by Karen Blair, and in September Pamela Rosewell Moore presented a talk on the Dutch Missionary evangelist and author Corrie Ten Boom.
In addition to lectures at the Ennis Public Library, the Guild hosts occasional readings and reviews at Ventura’s residence, the historic former Moore House, at 400 W. Denton St., the Guild’s mailing address. Here, group discussions were held in July on the Victorian novel “Jane Eyre” by Charlotte Bronte and on Oct. 18 on “The Age of Innocence” by Edith Wharton.
The Literary Guild meets quarterly, twice in the spring and twice in the fall.
The mission statement for the new group reads that its goal is “to promote enrichment in a welcoming atmosphere for all women in the community, enhancing communication in a positive cultural and diverse environment, and to improve the quality of life through knowledge.”
Five events are being scheduled for the 2008 season. Membership for this year is $40 (or $15 at the door).
For more information on the Ennis Literary Guild contact Wakefield at 972-875-4535 or Nancy Thomas at 972-878-9888.
Wakefield and Thomas will be leading the program Thursday in Ventura’s absence.
The event is from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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