Book Discussions

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.


North Branch Book Group: Behind the Beautiful Forevers

Thursday, May 28, 7 pm, North Branch

Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, Katherine Boo, spent three years with residents of the Annawadi slum of Mumbai, India. She introduces us to the residents through the stories of Abdul and Manju and Kalu, three slum dwellers with unrealistic plans for the future made hopeful by the new prosperity in India.

This book group is open to all who have read the book. Copies are available at the North Branch for those who will be attending the discussion. Register for an email reminder.


CAMS Book Group: Heirs to a Forgotten Kingdom

titleMonday, June 1, 7 pm, Chicago Avenue/Main Street

Despite its reputation for religious intolerance, the Middle East has long sheltered many distinctive and strange faiths: one regards the Greek prophets as incarnations of God, another reveres Lucifer in the form of a peacock, and yet another believes that their followers are reincarnated beings who have existed in various forms for thousands of years. These religions represent the last vestiges of the magnificent civilizations in ancient history: Persia, Babylon, Egypt in the time of the Pharaohs. Their followers have learned how to survive foreign attacks and the perils of assimilation. But today, with the Middle East in turmoil, they face greater challenges than ever before.


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


Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Discussion Group: The Martian

titleWednesday, June 3, 7 pm, Third Floor Seminar Room, Main Library

Evanston Public Library's Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Discussion Group will meet to discuss The Martian, by Andy Weir.

The Martian was the Goodreads Choice Award Winner in 2014 for Best Science Fiction.  It follows the adventures of astronaut Mark Watney, who just became one of the first men to walk on Mars as the story opens.  Now, he's sure he'll be the first man to die there.  Stranded by his crew, millions of miles from the nearest human being, with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive, Mark must rely on his ingenuity, his engineering skills -- and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit.  Will it be enough to overcome the odds against him? 



Latin@ Literature Discussion Group: The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse / Los cuatro jinetes del Apocalipsis

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

The novel set in 1914, in France, and details the vicissitudes of the First World War. Due to their political differences, two families, both branches from the same family tree, face off. After the death of patriarch Julio Madariaga, the Hartrotts leave Germany and the Desnoyers to France. The families fight on opposing sides in WWI. The novel travels through the Dantesque scenes of a Europe torn apart, where the only thing that survives is the desire to live.

Se trata de una novela ambientada en 1914, en Francia, y narra las vicisitudes de la Primera Guerra Mundial. Debido a sus diferencias políticas, dos familias provenientes de un tronco común, se enfrentan. Tras la muerte del patriarca, Julio Madariaga, los Hartrott se marchan a Alemania y los Desnoyers a Francia. Ambas familias terminan combatiendo en bandos opuestos en la guerra. La novela discurre por los escenarios dantescos de una Europa rota, donde la única cosa que sobrevive es el deseo de vivir.

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 Vicente Blasco Ibáñez' The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (Spanish: Los cuatro jinetes del Apocalipsis) 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: Stokely

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

Preeminent civil rights scholar Peniel E. Joseph presents a groundbreaking biography of Stokely Carmichael, arguing that the young firebrand's evolution from nonviolent activist to Black Power revolutionary reflected the trajectory of a generation radicalized by the violence and unrest of the late 1960s. Fed up with the slow progress of the civil rights movement, Carmichael urged blacks to turn the rhetoric of freedom into a reality, inspiring countless African Americans to demand immediate political self-determination 

Copies of Stokely 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.



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