Book Discussions

GLBT Book Discussion: Giovanni's Room

titleTuesday, January 13, 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 third title is James Baldwin's, Giovanni's Room., which chronicles a young African American man's sexual awakening in 1950s Paris. 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. Part of 11 Months of African American History series, and the community wide, "RACE: are We So Different?" program series and museum exhibit, in collaboration with the YWCA Evanston Northshore  and the Illinois Holocaust Museum.

 

Latin@ Literature Discussion Group: Music of the Mill / Música de la acería

titleWednesday, January 14, 7-8:30 pm, 3rd Floor, Seminar Room, Main Library

As World War II’s industrial boom birthed a new California, a mighty steel industry rose with the potential to make modest dreams come true for workers willing to risk their lives in the mill. For the Salcido family, the mill became an engine for survival. With this epic novel spanning six decades, Author Luis J. Rodriguez chronicles the evolutions of an American family and the enormous enterprise that drove them.

Como prosperidad industrial de la Segunda Guerra Mundial dio a luz a una nueva California, una industria siderúrgica poderoso se levantó con el potencial de hacer que los sueños modestos se hacen realidad para los trabajadores dispuestos a arriesgar sus vidas en el molino. Para la familia Salcido, el molino se convirtió en un motor para la supervivencia. Con esta novela épica que abarca seis décadas, Autor Luis J. Rodríguez narra las evoluciones de una familia americana y la enorme empresa que los llevó.

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 Luis J. Rodriguez' Music of the Mill (Spanish: Música de la acería) 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: http://llevanston.wordpress.com

 

   

League of Graphic Novel Readers: March

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Friday, January 16, 7pm, Comix Revolution, 606 Davis Street (map)

 

The autobiography of Civil Rights legend and current US Congressman John Lewis,  March: Book One takes Lewis from rural Alabama to lunch counter sit-ins and a life-changing meeting with Martin Luther King.  Copies of March: Book One 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

 

The first 25 people to show up to the 1/16 meeting will receive a free copy of March, courtesy of Comix Revolution!



   

A Year of August Wilson: Radio Golf

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Monday, January 19, 2015, 6 pm, Community Meeting Room, Main Library

 In 1997, entrepreneur Harold Wilks is on the verge of becoming Pittsburgh's first black mayor, but his identity is shaken when the past begins to catch up with him, revealing secrets that could be his undoing. Ultimately, he must recognize the price of his success and decide whether he is willing to pay it.

Join artists from Fleetwood Jourdain Theatre and the Chicago theatre community to read aloud and discuss plays from the August Wilson "Century" Cycle. Copies of Radio Golf will be held at the 2nd floor Reader's Services desk; register online or call 847-448-8620. 

Part of 11 Months of African American History series, and the community wide, "RACE: are We So Different?" program series and museum exhibit, in collaboration with the YWCA Evanston Northshore  and the Illinois Holocaust Museum.

   

African American Literature Discussion: How To Be Black

titleTuesday, January 20, 7 pm, Small Meeting Room, Main Library

Part autobiography, part humorous manifesto, How To Be Black chronicles Baratunde Thurston's inner city childhood, private school education and successful career at Harvard and in corporate America, using his experiences to illustrate the perils of being "The Black Friend", "The Black Employee"  "The Black Spokesperson" and, inevitably "The Angry Negro". Accompanied by essays both humorous and thoughtful by a panel of "professional black people"

Copies of How To Be Black 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.

   

History Book Discussion: Fear Itself

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Wednesday, January 21, 7 pm, Seminar Room, Third Floor, Main Library

If you watched Ken Burns’s PBS documentary, The Roosevelts: An Intimate History, come dive deeper into the history of Franklin Roosevelt’s signature political program.  Ira Katznelson’s Fear Itself: The New Deal and the Origin of Our Time, a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2013, proposes that the New Deal preserved liberal democracy, but at the expense of compromises with illiberal forces, and so created the social and political world we inhabit today.

Copies of Fear Itself 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.

   

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