According to the Chicago Tribune, A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest Gaines is a "majestic, moving novel that became an instant classic. This book will be read, discussed and taught beyond the rest of our lives."
This month, we will feature an adaptation of 'A Lesson Before Dying' based on the novel by Ernest J. Gaines. In the 1940's South, an African-American man,
Jefferson, is wrongly accused of killing a white store owner. In his defense, his white attorney equates him with a lowly hog to indicate he did not
have sense to know what he was doing.
Nevertheless convicted, he is sentenced to die. Jefferson's godmother and her friend, who is the aunt of a local school teacher, Grant, convinces the
educator to visit Jefferson each day. His objective is to reaffirm the prisoner that he is not animal but a man who can die with dignity.
Rating: PG-13 (for a scene of violence, brief strong language and some sensuality)
Run Time: 120 minutes
In addition, we are reading 'A Lesson Before Dying' during our Summer Book Club at Vermilionville. Our last two sessions will be held in
the Conference Room on Thursday, June 28th & Thursday, July 12th. Be sure to join us for insightful discussions, a film and revelations
surrounding themes of this novel of epic proportions.
In case you are interested, don't miss Ernest J. Gaines at the main library on Congress in Lafayette, LA. The event takes place on Saturday, June
16th from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Gaines will read from his latest novel, sign books and discuss his literary career.