Campus News 2013

For Immediate Release
September 23, 2013

Monday Night Fiction to discuss “The Coffee Trader”

Monday Night Fiction:  The Coffee Trader

Schreiner University’s Monday Night Fiction series will explore “The Coffee Trader” by David Liss at 7 p.m., Monday, Sept. 23, in the Scarle-Philips Room of the William Logan Library on Schreiner campus. Moderators will be author, Liss, and Schreiner associate professor of religion, Dr. Cole Starr.

“The Coffee Trader” is a novel set in Amsterdam in 1659—a crucial moment in cultural and financial history. The story follows Miguel Lienzo, a sharp-witted trader in the city’s close-knit community of Portuguese Jews. Once among the wealthiest of merchants, Lienzo has lost everything in an instant due to a shift in sugar markets. Impoverished and humiliated, Lienzo breaks out to restore his reputation and wealth.

Lienzo enters a partnership with a Dutchwoman who offers him another chance at success—a daring plot to corner the market of an astonishing new commodity called “coffee.”

Monday Night Fiction is free and open to the public, and is sponsored by Schreiner’s Center for Innovative Learning. For more information, contact Silke Feltz at 830-792-7324.