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Book club discusses greed, intrigue

Nov. 6, 2008

KALAMAZOO--The public is invited to participate in a discussion of the international suspense thriller, "The Amber Room," from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12, on Western Michigan University's historic East Campus.

The free event, which requires advance registration, will take place in the Commons Room of Walwood Hall. It is being hosted by the WMU Alumni Association Alumni Book Club. Space is limited, so early reservations are encouraged.

Written by New York Times bestselling author Steve Berry, "The Amber Room," is a fictional look at what may have happened to a real-life palatial room that Russian czars forged out of rare amber, from the room's massive panel walls to its finely crafted furniture. German troops seized the oversized jewel box during World War II, and it's fate has remained a mystery ever since.

Thousands of people have tried to solve that missing treasure mystery, and when the Alumni Book Club meets, readers will have a chance to see if the solutions they came up with while reading the book have already been tested. Leading the discussion will be Dr. Judith Rypma, WMU master faculty specialist in English and an expert in Russian literature and culture.

Rypma will reveal more about the lost room during a related talk scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, in the Fetzer Center's Putney Auditorium. The talk is part of the activities slated for the 2008 Kalamazoo Russian Festival, which is being held at WMU Friday and Saturday, Nov. 7-8. Visit russianfestival.org for more festival information.

To make a reservation for the Nov. 12 discussion, go to wmualumni.com and click "Event Calendar," send e-mail to alumni@wmich.edu or call (269) 387-8777. A map to Walwood Hall is available online. The WMU Alumni Association is open to graduates and friends of the University. Its Alumni Book Club also is open to everyone, although only association members receive club mailings. For more book club information, call (269) 387-8777.

Media contact: Jeanne Baron, (269) 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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