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    Faith in the Middle of the Ocean: Religious Themes in "Life of Pi"

    "That’s what fiction is about, isn’t it, the selective transforming of reality? The twisting of it to bring out its essence?" Life of Pi

    Life of Pi, by Yann Martel, is at once a realistic, rousing adventure and a meta-tale of survival that explores the redemptive power of storytelling and the transformative nature of fiction. It’s a story, as one character puts it, to make you believe in God.  What did the author hope to relay about faith with this incredulous tale of survival and friendship between a boy and a tiger in the middle of the ocean?   

    A panel of professors from Randolph College and Lynchburg College will explore this very question, as well as other religious themes presented in Martel's novel, at a panel discussion scheduled for Tuesday, April 23, at 7 p.m.  

    Featured discussants are:

    Dr. Suzanne Bessenger, Assist. Prof., Religious Studies, Randolph College
    Dr. David Knipe, Prof. Emeritus, Languages/Cultures of Asia and Religious Studies, Univ. Wisconsin
    Dr. Gordon Steffey, Assoc. Prof., Religious Studies, Randolph College
    Dr. Sabita Manian, Prof., International Relations/Political Science, Lynchburg College

    The panel will be held in the Community Meeting Room and audience members will have an opportunity to submit questions.  Light refreshments will be served.  Lynchburg Reads 2013 is a partnership between the Lynchburg Public Library, the Friends of the Lynchburg Public Library, and Randolph College.

    Visit www.lynchburgva.gov/library or call 455-6310 for additional program details as well as to find information on other Life of Pi events.