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‘Crime and Comedy: The Lighter Side of Murder and Misdemeanor’ book discussion series to begin at the library

September 1, 2013

Join us at the Altus Public Library on Thursday, Sept. 5 for the latest “Let’s Talk About It, Oklahoma.” This will be the first of five programs to be presented at the library featuring scholars from various colleges. The theme is “Crime and Comedy: The Lighter Side of Murder and Misdemeanor.” All programs begin at 7 p.m.


Dr. Scherrey Cardwell will discuss The Code of the Woosters by P.G. Wodehouse. Wodehouse was not strictly a writer of crime fiction but he was a master of comic fiction. He peppers his works with the practical jokes and petty crimes of the upper classes who often find themselves at odds with simple country police officers. In Code of the Woosters we follow the antics of Bertie Wooster and his “gentlemen’s personal gentleman,” Jeeves as he stumbles around stealing policeman’s helmets, a silver creamer as well as blackmail and breaking and entering.


Dr. Cardwell grew up and was educated in Arkansas. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in English from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. He has taught at Cameron University since 1971 and served as chair of the English Depart at Cameron from 1983 to 1999. Dr. Cardwell enjoys genealogy and has done extensive research into his roots. He also love to travel and has taken over 2,000 slides of country houses, gardens, and historic places in England, France, Germany, Austria, Hungary, and the United States. He teaches courses in Shakespeare, Jane Austen, and Composition for Graduate Students. During the academic years 1994-97, he was the McCaslin Foundation/AmQuest Bank Chair at Cameron and Coordinator of Festival III, “Science, Technology and the 20th Century.” Since 1990 he has done “Let’s Talk About It, Oklahoma” in Mangum, Hobart, Healdton, Duncan, Norman, Weatherford, Altus, Yukon, Mountain View, and Cheyenne.


Books for each of the programs are available at the library for checkout. For more information about the program, call the library at 477-2890. Visit us at our Face Book page: Southern Prairie Library System or our website: www.spls.lib.ok.us.


Books, theme materials, and services for this series are provided by the “Let’s Talk About It, Oklahoma,” a project of the Oklahoma Humanities Council. Funding for this series is provided by a grant from the Oklahoma Humanities Council and the Inasmuch Foundation. Funding for this series was provided by a grant from the Kirkpatrick Family Fund. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of OHC Staff.