Join Christine Dano Johnson on Monday, February 11 at 6:30 in the Lawson McGhee Library meeting room for a discussion of Circe by Madeline Miller.
Daughter of the mighty sun god Helios and nymph Perse, Circe lacks many of the gifts her fellow demigods were blessed with, and for that, her powerful family scorns her. Seeking companionship from mortals, Circe soon realizes her powers lie in the art of using herbs and spells. After being rejected by her first love, a mortal fisherman, she uses her powers to turn vain Scylla into a sea monster. The gods punish Circe by exiling her to the deserted island of Aiaia. Over her centuries she perfects her magical skills and interacts with many famous mythological figures along the way. Using The Odyssey as inspiration, Circe is an empowering tale of love, loss, and selfhood.
Christine Dano Johnson is the Program Manager for Aerospace and Defense at the University of Tennessee Knoxville's Haslam College of Business. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in American Studies from the University of Tennessee. She is the author of the children's book Deep in Alaska (University of Alaska Press) as well as several other published works of short fiction and nonfiction. She enjoys painting, reading, and spending time with her family.