Book Discussions

Dialogic Communities: After Art


Thursday, April 24, 6 pm, Small Meeting Room, Main Library

 Join us  as we begin reading Yale University Art History Professor David Joselit’s recent book After Art. No registration required; copies are held at the 2nd floor desk.

"Dialogic Communities: Repairing the Social Bond" is an ongoing participatory art education program facilitated by the Evanston Art Center's Director of Education Keith Brown and Insight Arts' Executive Director Craig Harshaw. Dialogic Communities invites the public to read pre-selected contemporary art texts and come discuss them as a group on the last Thursday of each month during the fall and spring of each year. 

Dialogic Communities encourages thoughtful public dialogue around contemporary art history, theory, and criticism. It hopes to reinvigorate the spirit of community, open up explorations in contemporary visual art and seeks to serve as an informal public art education model.


Raising Boys Book Group

titleThursday, April 24, 7:45 pm, Children's Public Conference Room, Main Library

In this book group for parents, we read engaging children's literature featuring fully-realized boy characters and discuss the story in an effort to understand our sons. Co-led by a young adult staff member and father, and a former family systems therapist at Northwestern University, this book group gives parents a chance to connect with other parents and learn strategies for giving boys the support they need to thrive.

Our April book will be Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha by Roddy Doyle.

Please register to attend and then pick up a copy of the book in the children's room.

Adults only. If you are a two-parent household, both parents are encouraged to attend.



A Year of August Wilson: Joe Turner's Come and Gone

titleMonday, April 28, 6 pm, Community Meeting Room, Main Library (Note date change)

Abducted into forced labor on a cotton plantation 10 years ago, Herald Loomis has spent the last several looking for his wife. His arrival at a Pittsburgh boardinghouse in 1911, with his young daughter in tow, precipitates among the residents a conflict between ancient folk spirituality and modern, ``civilized'' manners. Join artists from Fleetwood Jourdain Theatre and the Chicago theatre community to read aloud and discuss plays from the August Wilson "Century" Cycle. Director and Loyola Theatre Professor Jonathan Wilson will moderate the April discussion. Copies of Joe Turner's Come and Gone will be held at the 2nd floor Readers' Services desk, call 847-448-8620 or register online.  Part of 11 Months of African American History series.

Can't make it by 6? Join us for an extended, informal discussion starting at 7:30 at the Celtic Knot, 626 Church Street, right across from the Library.


CAMS Book Group: The Corpse Washer

titleMonday, April 28, 7 pm, Chicago Avenue/Main Street

Young Jawad, born to a traditional Shi'ite family of corpse washers and shrouders in Baghdad, decides to abandon the family tradition, choosing instead to become a sculptor, to celebrate life rather than tend to death. He enters Baghdad’s Academy of Fine Arts in the late 1980s, in defiance of his father’s wishes and determined to forge his own path. But the circumstances of history dictate otherwise. Saddam Hussein’s dictatorship and the economic sanctions of the 1990s destroy the socioeconomic fabric of society. The 2003 invasion and military occupation unleash sectarian violence. Corpses pile up, and Jawad returns to the inevitable washing and shrouding. Trained as an artist to shape materials to represent life aesthetically, he now must contemplate how death shapes daily life and the bodies of Baghdad’s inhabitants.

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


Keepinitreal: Permanent Present Tense

titleTuesday, April 29, 7 pm, Seminar Room, 3rd Floor, Main Library

In 1953, 27-year-old Henry Gustave Molaison underwent an experimental “psychosurgical” procedure—a targeted lobotomy—in an effort to alleviate his debilitating epilepsy. The outcome was unexpected—when Henry awoke, he could no longer form new memories, and for the rest of his life would be trapped in the moment.

Copies of Permanent Present Tense 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.





Father/Son Book Group: Not A Drop To Drink

titleSunday, April 27, 4 pm, The Loft, Main Library

Join us for this special re-launching of Father-Son Book Group in honor of Earth Day 2014. Together we will read Not A Drop To Drink by Mindy McGinnis, the dystopian story of 16-year old Lynn and her fight to defend her family's water supply in a world in which drinking water is frighteningly scarce.  

Father-Son Book Group is an opportunity for boys in 6th-8th grade and their dads* to bond through the acts of reading and discussing story in a library setting.

Registration is required.


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