Book Discussions

LGBTQ: Not My Father’s Son


Tuesday, August 18, 7 pm, Seminar Room, Main Library

In his unique and engaging voice, Alan Cumming, the acclaimed actor of stage and screen shares the emotional story of his complicated relationship with his father and the deeply buried family secrets that shaped his life and career.


Copies of Not My Father's Son will be held at the 2nd floor desk. Please register online or call 847-448-8620 to get a copy.



Book Lovers


Monday, August 31, 1 pm, Levy Senior Center, 300 Dodge Avenue

Come join us for an informal conversation about books and authors.  Share your recent reads and book recommendations.  Receive new reading suggestions from others.  This group will meet at the Levy Senior Center at 300 Dodge Avenue on the first Monday of each month from 1-2 p.m. 

Dates in 2015: August 31*, October 5, November 2, December 7

No registration required.  

 *We will meet on August 31st in lieu of Labor Day



CAMS Book Group: Birds Without Wings

titleMonday, August 31, 2015, 7 pm, Chicago Avenue/Main Street

The novel that takes place during the waning period of the Ottoman Empire, in the small Anatolian town of Eskibahce. As the story opens, an ethnic mix of Turks, Armenians, and Greeks, both Muslims and Christians, are living side-by-side in a comfortable and relatively peaceful existence. But first the Franks, as the Ottomans call the Western Europeans, and then the Greeks invade their homeland. These events set off a cataclysmic chain of events that tear apart the lives of the residents of Eskibahce. The Sultan declares a holy war against the invaders. The Muslims are conscripted as soldiers and the Christians are sent into labor battalions. The Armenians are evacuated from the region in a death march. The Italians occupy Eskibahce. The Christians are forced to relocate to Greece. Throughout it all, the residents struggle to survive amidst the turmoil.

Copies of Birds Without Wings will be held at the Chicago Avenue/Main Street location; stop by or call 847-905-0764.


Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Discussion Group: The Lions of Al-Rassan

titleWednesday, September 2, 7 pm, Third Floor Seminar Room, Main Library

Evanston Public Library's Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Discussion Group will meet to discuss The Lions of Al-Rassan, by Guy Gavriel Kay.

In the dangerous lands of Al-Rassan, two men from different worlds meet and serve — for a time — the same master. Sharing their interwoven fate — and increasingly torn by her feelings — is Jehane, the accomplished court physician, whose own skills play an increasing role as Al-Rassan is swept to the brink of holy war, and beyond. 

Hauntingly evocative of medieval Spain, The Lions of Al-Rassan is both a brilliant adventure and a deeply compelling story of love, divided loyalties, and what happens to men and women when hardening beliefs begin to remake — or destroy — a world.


League of Graphic Novel Readers: Mind MGMT


Tuesday, September 8, 6 pm, Comix Revolution, 606 Davis Street

The adventure of a reporter investigating a mysterious airline flight who uncovers a secret government agency of super spies and psychic powers. Copies of Mind MGMT 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.  



Latin@ Literature Discussion Group: 2666


Wednesday, September 9, 7-8:30 pm, 3rd Floor, Seminar Room, Main Library

 2666 is Roberto Bolaño’s final masterpiece.  In this sweeping, epic novel, the lives of its characters intersect: a group of European academics; an elusive Prussian novelist; an African-American sports writer; a Chilean professor losing his grip on reality; a Mexican police detective and the older woman he’s fallen in love with. The linchpin that links them centers around the horrific murders of young women in the Mexico-U.S. border town of Santa Teresa (a fictionalized Ciudad Juárez).
2666 es la obra maestra final de Roberto Bolaño. En esta novela épica las vidas de los personajes se cruzan: Un grupo de acadèmicos europeos; un novelista Prusiano elusive; un reporter de deportes afroamericano; un professor Chileno perdiendo su sentido de realidad; un detective Mexicano y la mujer de edad con cual el se enamoró. Lo que los conecta a todos son las muertes horrendas de mujeres jóvenes en la frontera entre México y los Estados Unidos en la ciudad de Santa Teresa (la Ciudad Juarez en ficticio).

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 Robert Bolaño's 2666 (Spanish: 2666) will be held at the 2nd floor Readers Services Desk two months before the discussion. Call to register at (847) 448-8620! -- Also check out our Latin@ blog:!


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