Book Discussions

Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Discussion Group: Among Others


Wednesday, May 6, 7 pm, 3rd Floor, Seminar Room, Main Library

Evanston Public Library's Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Discussion Group will meet to discuss Among Others, by Jo Walton.

This book is a love letter to anyone who grew up immersed in sci-fi and fantasy - who felt completely out of sync with the "real" world, but ultimately wanted to find their own place in it.  Among Others is at once the compelling story of a young woman struggling to escape a troubled childhood, a brilliant diary of first encounters with the great novels of modern fantasy and SF (through a fledgling science fiction and fantasy book club!), and a spellbinding tale of escape from ancient enchantment.  Among Others won the Hugo Award and the British Fantasy Award for Best Novel in 2012, and the Nebula Award for Best Novel in 2011.   


Latin@ Literature Discussion Group: Stories & Poems / Cuentos y poesías


Wednesday, May 13, 7-8:30 pm, 3rd Floor, Seminar Room, Main Library

Nicaraguan poet and essayist Rubén Darío is considered the high priest of the modernismo school of literature, known for its dazzling verbal virtuosity and technical perfection. This bi-lingual volume, Stories & Poems ≈ Cuentos y Poesías, contains a rich selection of Darío's best poems and stories, written by one of the most important Latin-American writers of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Poeta nicaragüense Rubén Darío y ensayista es considerado como el sumo sacerdote de la escuela modernismo de la literatura, conocido por su virtuosismo verbal deslumbrante y perfección técnica. Este volumen bilingüe, Stories & Poems ≈ Cuentos y Poesías, contiene una rica seleccion de los mejores poemas y cuentos de Dario, escrito por uno de los más importantes escritores latinoamericanos de finales del siglo XIX y principios del XX.

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 Rubén Darío's Stories & Poems ≈ Cuentos y Poesías (Bilingual edition) 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:


History Book Discussion Group: To End All Wars


Wednesday, May 20, 7 pm , Seminar Room, Third Floor, Main Library

As part of Evanston Public Library’s year of programming commemorating the centennial of WWI, we’ll read Adam Hochschild's To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918, an account of war heroes and war dissenters and the often complicated relationship between the two.  The Washington Post called To End All Wars “exemplary in all respects.”
Copies of To End All Wars will be held at the Reader's Services desk on the 2nd floor. To register call 847-448-8620 or register online.  Learn more about the History Book Discussion Group at our blog.



League of Graphic Novel Readers: Dark Knight Rises

titleFriday, May 15, 7pm, Comix Revolution, 606 Davis Street (map)


Frank Miller's dark and beautifully rendered series, Dark Knight Returns, revived the Batman franchise and reinvigorated the notion of comics as a serious art form. Copies of Dark Knight Returns will be held at the Reader's Services desk on the 2nd floor and will be available for purchase at Comix Revolution. To register call 847-448-8620 or register online


African American Literature Discussion: The Wedding

titleTuesday, May 19, 7 pm, Small Meeting Room, Main Library

In the 1950s, a girl from the black bourgeoisie in Martha's Vineyard announces her engagement to a white musician. The novel follows the impact this has on her family and the community around them. 

Copies of The Wedding will be held at the Reader's Services desk on the 2nd floor; stop by or call 847-448-8620. For more information, including related  interviews, videos and other websites, see the AAL blog.



Keepinitreal: Charlatan

titleTuesday, May 26, 7 pm, Seminar Room, 3rd Floor, Main Library

Richard Brinkley was a physician who, in 1917, pioneered the notion of goat testicle "Transplant."  He ran for the office of Governor of Kansas in 1930, and established the most powerful radio station in the land, that promulgated his glandular chicanery all across the continental U.S.. As a proponent of such skullduggery, Brinkley was continually in the sights of Dr. Fishbein, whose main reputation nationally was as an exposer of medical fakery. Eventually Fishbein lured Brinkley into a libel trial that resulted, in 1939, in the catastrophic downfall of an immensely talented and wealthy man who spiraled into bankruptcy and death in 3 short years.

Copies of Charlatan 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.


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