Book Discussions

A Year of August Wilson: Two Trains Running

titleMonday, September 22, 6 pm, Community Meeting Room, Main Library

Join artists from Fleetwood Jourdain Theatre and the Chicago community to read aloud and discuss plays from the August Wilson "Century" Cycle.

Part of 11 Months of African American History series.




CAMS Book Group: Tell the Wolves I'm Home

titleMonday, September 29, 7 pm, Chicago Avenue/Main Street

1987. There’s only one person who has ever truly understood fourteen-year-old June Elbus, and that’s her uncle, the renowned painter Finn Weiss. Shy at school and distant from her older sister, June can only be herself in Finn’s company; he is her godfather, confidant, and best friend. So when he dies, far too young, of a mysterious illness her mother can barely speak about, June’s world is turned upside down. But Finn’s death brings a surprise acquaintance into June’s life—someone who will help her to heal, and to question what she thinks she knows about Finn, her family, and even her own heart.

At Finn’s funeral, June notices a strange man lingering just beyond the crowd. A few days later, she receives a package in the mail. Inside is a beautiful teapot she recognizes from Finn’s apartment, and a note from Toby, the stranger, asking for an opportunity to meet. As the two begin to spend time together, June realizes she’s not the only one who misses Finn, and if she can bring herself to trust this unexpected friend, he just might be the one she needs the most.

Copies of Tell the Wolves I'm Home will be held at the Chicago Avenue/Main Street location; stop by or call 847-905-0764.


Keepinitreal: Topsy

titleTuesday, September 30, 7 pm, Seminar Room, 3rd Floor, Main Library

In 1903, an elephant named Topsy was electrocuted on Coney Island, and ever since, this bizarre execution has reverberated through popular culture with the whiff of urban legend. But it really happened, and many historical forces conspired to bring Topsy, Thomas Edison, and those 6,600 volts of alternating current together.

Copies of Topsy will be held at the Reader's Services desk on the 2nd floor; stop by or call 847-448-8620. Please check the Keepinitreal Blog for author interviews, fun facts, and interesting videos.


North Branch Book Group: Peaches for Father Francis


Thursday, September 25, 7 pm, North Branch 

Vianne Rocher, the heroine of the Chocolat series by Joanne Harris, returns to Lansquenet after being summoned by a letter from the dead. Father Francis is being accused of burning down the old chocolate shop which has been converted into a school for Muslim girls. Although this is the third in the Chocolat series, it stands well as a read alone. Join us for a discussion of this year's Suburban Mosaic adult selection.   

Copies of the book are available at the North Branch for those who will be attending the discussion. Please register for an email reminder.


Muslim Journeys II: Dreams of Trespass


Sunday, October 5, 3 pm, 3rd floor Seminar Room, Main Library

Muslim Journeys continues with 3 additional book discussions from the "Points of View" theme. Carol Lahurd, adjunct professor at the Lutheran School of Theology,  and primary author of the online study guides for the  "Discover Islam" DVD  series, leads a discussion of Dreams of Trespass: Tales of A Harem Girlhood,  Fatima Mernissi's description of life in a harem in Morocco.


NEW!! GLBT Book Discussion


Tuesday, October 14, 7 pm, Small Meeting Room, Main Library

Greg Salustro , former Evanston Arts Commissioner, and chair of “Reeling 32”, Chicago’s LGBTQ annual film festival leads a monthly discussion of books and plays by or about members of the gay/lesbian/bi/transgender community. The inaugural title is Oscar Wilde's classic farce, The Importance of Being Earnest. Copies are available at the Readers Advisory desk on the 2nd floor; to register or reserve a copy call 847-448-8620 or register online.


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