Book Discussions

North Branch Book Group: The Blazing World by Siri Hustvedt

titleThursday, March 26, 7 pm, North Branch

Disappointed with the critical response to her work, Harriet Burden, an installation artist, determines that for the next five years she will present her work under three male pseudonyms. Told through a series of notebook entries, statements, reviews and transcripts, The Blazing World explores more than gender bias, and the story takes a sinister turn.

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


CAMS Book Group: Midnight's Children

titleMonday, March 30, 7 pm, Chicago Avenue/Main Street

Saleem Sinai is born at the stroke of midnight on August 15, 1947, the very moment of India’s independence. Greeted by fireworks displays, cheering crowds, and Prime Minister Nehru himself, Saleem grows up to learn the ominous consequences of this coincidence. His every act is mirrored and magnified in events that sway the course of national affairs; his health and well-being are inextricably bound to those of his nation; his life is inseparable, at times indistinguishable, from the history of his country. Perhaps most remarkable are the telepathic powers linking him with India’s 1,000 other “midnight’s children,” all born in that initial hour and endowed with magical gifts.


Copies of Midnight's Children will be held at the Chicago Avenue/Main Street location; stop by or call 847-905-0764.


Keepinitreal: Isaac's Storm

titleTuesday, March 31, 7 pm, West Conference Room, 3rd Floor, Main Library

At the turn of the last century, Isaac Cline, chief weatherman for Texas, believed no storm could do serious harm to the city of Galveston, a fast growing metropolis on the Gulf Coast destined for great things. In September 1900 a massive hurricane proved him wrong, at great personal cost. The storm killed as many as 10,000 people in Galveston alone, stole the city’s future, and caused hurricane experts to revise their thinking about how hurricanes kill.

Copies of Isaac's Storm 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.


Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Discussion Group: Ancillary Justice

titleWednesday, April 1, 7 pm, Seminar Room, Main Library

Evanston Public Library's new Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Discussion Group will meet to discuss Ancillary Justice, by Ann Leckie.

Ancillary Justice is the winner of the 2014 Hugo and Nebula Awards for Best Novel.  It follows the soldier known as Breq, who is drawing closer to completing her quest on a remote, icy planet.  Once, she was a colossal starship with an artificial intelligence linking thousands of soldiers.  Now, an act of treachery has ripped it all away, leaving her with one fragile human body, unanswered questions, and a burning desire for vengeance.  Copies of Ancillary Justice will be available at the Main Library, 2nd Floor, Reader's Services Desk.  This event is free and open to all.  


Latin@ Literature Discussion Group: Doña Bárbara


Wednesday, April 8, 7-8:30 pm, 2015, 3rd Floor, Seminar Room, Main Library

In Doña Barbara, author Rómulo Gallegos weaves together the story of the Venezuelan llano (prairie), two feuding cousins, and the lives of ranchers, cowboys, thieves and villains, all of whom operate around the treacherously beautiful Doña Barbara, who’s a rancher...and a witch. Doña Bárbara is considered a masterpiece of Venezuelan literature.

En Doña Barbara, autor Rómulo Gallegos entrelaza la historia del llano venezolano (pradera), dos primos en disputa, y la vida de los rancheros, vaqueros, ladrones y villanos, todos ellos operan alrededor de la alevosamente hermosa Doña Bárbara, que es una ranchera ... y una bruja. Doña Bárbara es considerada una obra maestra de la literatura venezolana.

Attendees have the option to read in English and/or Spanish. Discussions may also be in English and Spanish. Attendees do not have to be bilingual. Copies of Rómulo Gallegos' Doña Bárbara (Spanish: Doña Bárbara) will be held at the 2nd floor Readers Services Desk one month before the discussion. Call to register at (847) 448-8620! -- Also check out our Latin@ blog:!


GLBT Book Discussion: Sister Outsider

Ttitleuesday, April 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 sixth title is Audre Lord's, Sister Outsider, a collection of fifteen essays written between 1976 and 1984  which explore and illuminate the roots of Lorde's intellectual development and her deep-seated and longstanding concerns about  the concept of difference—difference according to sex, race, and economic status. These  the essays stress Lorde's oft-stated theme of continuity, particularly of the geographical and intellectual link between Dahomey, Africa, and her emerging self. 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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