Book Discussions

Muslim Journeys II: House of Stone


Sunday, September 7, 3 pm, 3rd floor Seminar Room, Main Library

Muslim Journeys continues with 3 additional book discussions from the "Points of View" theme. Ryan LaHurd, President of the James S. Kemper Foundation, leads a discussion of House of Stone, drawing on his background as an English professor teaching in the Middle East and his Lebanese heritage.


Latin@ Literature Discussion Group: Hopscotch / Rayuela

titleWednesday, September 10, 7-8:30 pm, 3rd Floor, Seminar Room, Main Library

Horacio Oliveira is an Argentinian writer who lives in Paris with his mistress, La Maga, surrounded by a loose-knit circle of bohemian friends who call themselves the Club. A child’s death and La Magas’ disappearance put an end to his life of empty pleasures and intellectual acrobatics. He returns to Buenos Aires, where he works as a salesman, a keeper of a circus cat that can actually count, and an attendant in an insane asylum.

Horacio Oliveira es un escritor argentino que vive en París con su amante, La Maga, y rodeado por un círculo bohemio de amigos quienes se hacen llamar “El Club”. La muerte de un infante y la desaparición de La Maga, terminan con su vida llena de placeres vanos y acrobacias intelectuales. Decide regresar a Argentina y trabajar como vendedor, como cuidador de un gato de circo que sabe contar y como asistente en un asilo.

 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 Julio Cortázar's Hopscotch (Spanish: Rayuela) 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:




African American Literature Discussion: Mudbound

titleTuesday, September 16, 7 pm, Small Meeting Room, Main Library

It is 1946, and city-bred Laura McAllan is trying to raise her children on her husband's Mississippi Delta farm, a place she finds foreign and frightening. In the midst of the family's struggles, two young men return from the war to work the land. Jamie McAllan, Laura's brother-in-law, is everything her husband is not-charming, handsome, and haunted by his memories of combat. Ronsel Jackson, eldest son of the black sharecroppers who live on the McAllan farm, has come home with the shine of a war hero. But no matter his bravery in defense of his country, he is still considered less than a man in the Jim Crow South. It is the unlikely friendship of these brothers-in-arms that drives this powerful novel to its inexorable conclusion.

Copies of Mudbound 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.

Part of 11 Months of African American History series.



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.


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