Thursday, June 21, 2007

Ronnie Cooper- Hometown Boy to speak at Main Library

Ronnie LeRoss Cooper, is coming to town!
The Friends of the Berkeley County Library
present Ron Cooper reading from his novel,
"Hume's Fork," July 9th, 2007, 7:00 p.m.
at the Main Library-1003 Hwy 52 Moncks Corner.

Yes, Mr. Popular, Berkeley High School Class of 1978,
has written a novel. It stands to reason since he was voted
wittiest in the Senior Class. The book is more than witty, it is hilarious!!

David Pitt from Booklist summed up "Hume's Fork" as follows:

This is a wacky novel, even for a satire. It stars a couple of philosophy professors who, on their way to a conference in South Carolina, get sidetracked and wind up bunking with a local family. The book's protagonist is Legare Hume, and the local family is his own: mother, father, various relatives, including the only two Legare can stand, his sister and her small boy. He has spent most of his life trying to pretend his family doesn't exist, and now he watches, helplessly, as his fellow professor, Saul Grossman, fits right in, instantly seeming to become just one o' the boys. Cooper, a philosophy professor who hails from South Carolina, manages to tell a funny, fast-paced, hugely entertaining story that balances intricate philosophical ideas (the title itself is a pun, though you may need a crash course in logical positivism to get the joke) with outright zanines (philosophizing wrestlers). Comparisons to John Kennedy Toole's A Confederacy of Dunces are not without merit, though Michael Malone's Handling Sin is closer to the mark. Its similarity to these contemporary classics aside, Cooper's novel is not at all derivative.

So come out to the Main Library on July 9th at 7:00 p.m. and enjoy your "brush with greatness!"

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

If you missed the author visit, don't despair. You can still buy a copy of his novel, Hume's Fork, at the Berkeley Independent.