Journey ends at Stillwater Public Library on Nov. 11 with recent bestseller

life of pi(STILLWATER, OKLA. / Nov. 3, 2014) –– The journey ends for Stillwater Public Library’s 5-part series, “Let’s Talk About It: Journey Stories,” on Tuesday, Nov. 11 at 6:30 p.m. Dr. Patricia Loughlin from the University of Central Oklahoma will lead the participants in a discussion of Yann Martel’s bestselling book, “Life of Pi.”

“This book is certainly one of the most unforgettable journey stories written,” said Lynda Reynolds, library director. “It is one of the top book discussion books in America and has already achieved the status of a modern classic.”

“Life of Pi,” published in 2001, follows the journey of Pi Patel, the son of zookeepers in India. When the Patels decide to emigrate to Canada, Pi is shipwrecked with a 450-pound Bengal tiger named Richard Parker. Pi and Richard Parker struggle over the next seven months to stay alive.

In 2002, “Life of Pi” won the Man Booker Prize, which recognizes British authors, and it stayed on the NYT bestseller list for 57 weeks. In 2012, it premiered as a film with worldwide ticket sales of over $609 million. The film earned three Golden Globe nominations, eleven Oscar nominations and won the award for Best Director.

“We have books available for readers to check out,” said Reynolds. “Readers do not need to have read books earlier in the series to participate in Dr. Loughlin’s fascinating discussion.”

Loughlin is Professor of History and a board member of the Oklahoma Historical Society. She specializes in twentieth-century U.S. history, American Indian history, and the history of the American West.

From 2007-2013, Loughlin served as the campus director of the American Democracy Project. Established in 2003 by The New York Times and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, with UCO as a charter member, the American Democracy Project is a national civic engagement initiative that focuses on higher education’s role in preparing the next generation of informed, engaged citizens for our democracy.

Loughlin’s book, “Hidden Treasures of the American West: Muriel H. Wright, Angie Debo and Alice Marriott,” won the Outstanding Book on Oklahoma History from the Oklahoma Historical Society, the Director's Award and was a Finalist in Nonfiction from the Oklahoma Center for the Book.

To check out a copy of “life of Pi,” stop by the library’s Help Desk. For more information about Let’s Talk About It, visit the library’s webpage at, email or call (405) 372-3633 x 8106.

The Stillwater Public Library is located at 1107 S. Duck St. (the corner of Duck and 12th Ave.)

Library hours are Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The Stillwater Public Library is located at 1107 S. Duck St. (the corner of Duck and 12th Ave.)