Salinger in No Man’s Land

Join us on  Monday, November 2 at 12 p.m. in the K. Bruce Sherbine Lounge at Penn State Worthington Scranton for a panel discussion entitled, Salinger in Man’s Land.
Like its famous protagonist, Salinger’s 1951 novel doesn’t seem to fit into the usual categories. Please join us for a wide-ranging conversation about what makes the book alternately, and simultaneously, banned and beloved in American society.
Matthew S. Hinton, MA, MFA, has authored several plays and is Coordinator of Writing at Misericordia University. His collection of detective poetry, entitled “Instant Deaths and Stutter Guns,” is forthcoming.
Richard Hancuff, PhD, teaches English at Misericordia University, where he specializes in 20th-century American and African American literature. He also serves on the board of Poetry in Transit, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting poetry in public spaces.

For more information, please contact Dr. Kelley Wagers:

Catcher in the Rye Discussion Question #4

The entire novel is written as if Holden were telling the story to an unnamed person. To whom do you think Holden is telling his tale? And what, if anything, can we conclude about his ultimate fate?

Catcher in the Rye Discussion Question #3

Would you consider Holden a hero? An anti-hero?  Why or why not?

Upcoming Book Discussions

We’ve got lots of opportunities to discuss the Catcher in the Rye in person! Share your thoughts on the book at this upcoming book discussions:

October 15th at 6 pm

At Jack’s Draft House, 802 Prescott Ave, Scranton. Please call 570– 348-3000 ext. 3050 to register.

October 19th at 6:30 pm

At Nancy Kay Holmes Branch Library (Green Ridge Branch) Green Ridge & Wyoming Ave. Please call 570.207.0764 to register.

October 21st at 6 pm

Northern Light Espresso Bar and Café, 536 Spruce St, Scranton. Please call 570– 348-3000 ext. 3050 to register.

October 22nd at 6 pm

North Pocono Public Library, 1315 Church St, Moscow. Please call 570– 842-4700 to register.

October 22th at 7 pm

Albright Memorial Library, 500 Vine Street, Scranton. Please call 570– 348-3000 ext. 3050 to


October 27th at 6 pm 

For Teens at Library Express, 2nd Floor, Mall at Steamtown. Please call 570-558-1670 to register.

October  29th at 1 pm

At the Carbondale Public  Library, 5 North Main Street Carbondale.  Please call 570.282.4281 to register.

October  31st at 10:30 am

At the Dalton Community Library, 113 East Main Street. Dalton.  Please call 570.563.2014 to register.

Catcher in the Rye Discussion Question #2

The Catcher in the Rye is considered a classic coming of age novel.  Do you think Holden matured in this book?  Did he experience a rite of passage that turned him into an adult? Why or why not?

Psychology, Rebels and Riots!

There’s a something for everyone this week in Scranton Reads!  Please join us for these wonderful events.

Adolescent Psychology in the Catcher in the Rye

Thursday, October 8th at 7 pm in the Learning Commons at Marywood University, 2300 Adams Avenue Scranton


Please join us to discuss Catcher in the Rye. The discussion will focus on adolescent psychology as it is manifested in this classic work by J. D. Salinger. Leading the discussion will be Marywood University psychology professor David Palmiter, Ph.D., ABPP and his son, Gannon Palmiter, who is a senior at Holy Cross High School in Dunmore.

Some questions to be considered:

  • How are today’s teens the same or different from teens in the late 1940s and early 1950s?
  • What works well, and what could work better, in terms of adult-teen interactions? Is that question answered differently across the two generations under discussion?
  • What do adults, but especially parents and teachers, need to better understand about teen psychology?

Rebel Without A Cause

Friday, October 9th at 7 pm in Room 305 of the Weinberg Memorial Library


Join us for a screening for Rebel Without a Cause followed by a discussion led by Kevin Norris of the University of Scranton.

Scranton Reads Book Riot

Sunday, October 11th at 2 pm at The Lackawanna Historical Society– Catlin House- 232 Monroe Ave, Scranton.

All Ages

Celebrate the rich history of local authors at the Catlin House at the Scranton Reads Book Riot. Meet your favorite authors and meet new ones! There will be book signings and meet & greets.

Jay Luke, Eleanor Gwyn-Jones, Tony Bernardi, Bill Conlogue, Cheryl Kashuba, Joe Klapatch, Sarah Piccini, David Hess, Barb Taylor, Dale Keklock & Joseph Krenitski, Tom Klopfer, Lucia Dailey, Tammy Mal, Margo Azzarelli, Stephanie Longo, Gary Ryman, Richard Perry, Guy Valvano, Candy Shoemaker, Samantha Warren, Nick Bolock, John J. Zelinski, Jack Carling and David Wenzel.

An exhibit “Celebrating 150 years of Local Authors” will be on display

Catcher in the Rye Discussion Question #1

You’ve read the book. Now tell us what you think!

Every Monday during the month of October, we’ll post a Catcher in the Rye discussion question for the week.  Jump in any time and let us know your thoughts!

 Throughout the book, Holden frequently talks about his younger siblings Phoebe and Allie. Why do you think Holden idolizes Phoebe and Allie so much? How does this relate to his dream of being the “catcher in the rye”?


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