Book Discussions

Keepinitreal & AAL: My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me

titleTuesday, February 16, 7 pm, Seminar Room, 3rd Floor, Main Library
When Jennifer Teege, a German-Nigerian woman, happened to pluck a library book from the shelf, she had no idea that her life would be irrevocably altered. Recognizing photos of her mother and grandmother in the book, she discovers a horrifying fact: Her grandfather was Amon Goeth, the vicious Nazi commandant who known and reviled the world over.

Copies of My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me 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 and the African American Literature Blog for author interviews, fun facts, and interesting videos.  


History Book Discussion Group: The Swerve


Wednesday, February 17, 7 pm, Seminar Room, Third Floor, Main Library

We will read The Swerve: How the World Became Modern, by Stephen Greenblatt.  Both a work of history and a story of discovery, The Swerve proposes that Lucretius’s On the Nature of Things, plucked from a thousand years of neglect by a wandering scholar in 1417, changed the course of human thought. Winner of both the 2012 Pulitzer Prize and 2011 National Book Awards for Non-Fiction. Copies of The Swerve will be held at the Reader's Services desk on the 2nd floor. To register call 847-448-8620 or register online



North Branch Book Group: The Signature of All Things


Thursday, March 3, 7 pm, North Branch

Elizabeth Gilbert's fictional account of the Whittaker Family, The Signature of All Things, spans the 18th and 19th centuries. Most notably it looks at Alma Whittaker, a botanist who studies mosses, who while born in the Age of Enlightenment lives well into the Industrial Revolution and questions along with her age, all her assumptions in science, religion, commerce and class. The North Branch opens for this discussion. Copies of the book will be available a the North Branch for those attending the discussion. Register for an email reminder.


Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Discussion Group: The Lies of Locke Lamora

titleWednesday, March 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 Lies of Locke Lamora, by Scott Lynch.

The thrilling tale of an audacious criminal and his band of confidence tricksters. Set in a fantastic city pulsing with the lives of decadent nobles and daring thieves, here is a story of adventure, loyalty, and survival that is part Robin Hood, part Ocean's Eleven, part Count of Monte Cristo—and entirely enthralling!


Book Lovers


Monday, March 7, 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. No registration required. This group will meet the first Monday of every month from 1-2 pm in the Levy Senior Center's library.


League of Graphic Novel Readers: La Perdida


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

The League of Graphic Novel Readers will read La Perdida, by Jessica Abel. An American estranged from her Mexican father, heads to Mexico City to “find herself” in this evocative and bilingual tale. Copies of La Perdida 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.

This is part of EPL's 2015-2016 Big Read event series. To learn more and find related events, see our Big Read page.


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