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Fictional characters can often be more real to us than those who actually walk the earth. Now, the Marshall Public Library will be taking a deeper look at how these fictional characters have captivated so many.
Tuesday, March 29 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., author Dan Karlan will be stopping by the library to participate in a discussion of the book “The 101 Most Influential People Who Never Lived” he co-wrote with Allan Lazar and Jeremy Salter.
“When a fictional hero defeats a fictional enemy, we cheer as if it really happened and when a beloved fictional character dies, we mourn as if we’ve lost someone close to us,” said Amy Campbell, Reference Librarian. “In a lot of ways, the fictional people we come to meet through books, film, television, and other mediums are just as real as the people we interact with every day.”
During the talk, Mr. Karlan will explain how these characters have cemented their exploits into our culture and through them have served to mold society.
“Some characters like King Midas or Captain Ahab teach a moral lesson while others like Tarzan offer an escape from reality,” Campbell said. “What they all have done, though, is leave a lasting impression on us.”
This program is part of the Marshall Public Library’s literary series and is free and open to all members of the public. If you would like more information on this program or any of the library’s other programs, visit marshallpl.org.