Book Discussions

CAMS Book Group: The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing

titleMonday, November 30, 7 pm, Chicago Avenue/Main Street

When brain surgeon Thomas Eapen decides to cut short a visit to his mother's home in India in 1979, he sets into motion a series of events that will forever haunt him and his wife, Kamala; their intellectually precocious son, Akhil; and their watchful daughter, Amina. Now, twenty years later, in the heat of a New Mexican summer, Thomas has begun having bizarre conversations with his dead relatives and it's up to Amina-a photographer in the midst of her own career crisis-to figure out what is really going on. But getting to the truth is far harder than it seems. From Thomas's unwillingness to talk, to Kamala's Born Again convictions, to run-ins with a hospital staff that seems to know much more than they let on, Amina finds herself at the center of a mystery so thick with disasters that to make any headway at all, she has to unravel the family's painful past.

Copies of The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing will be held at the Chicago Avenue/Main Street location; stop by or call 847-905-0764. 


Keepinitreal: Spillover

titleTuesday, December 1, 7 pm, Seminar Room, 3rd Floor, Main Library

Ebola, SARS, Hendra, AIDS, and countless other deadly viruses all have one thing in common: the bugs that transmit these diseases all originate in wild animals and pass to humans by a process called spillover. In this gripping account, David Quammen takes the reader along on this astonishing quest to learn how, where from, and why these diseases emerge and asks the terrifying question: What might the next big one be?

Copies of Spillover 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.


Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Discussion Group: Ready Player One

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

Evanston Public Library's Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Discussion Group will meet to discuss Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline.

In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time Wade feels alive is when he's jacked into the virtual utopia known as OASIS. Wade's devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within its digital confines, puzzles based on their creator's obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. When Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade's going to survive, he'll have to win—and confront the real world he's always been so desperate to escape.



Book Lovers


Monday, December  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: League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Volume 1


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

A hybrid of Victorian adventure fiction and comic book super heroes written by the acclaimed author of Watchmen. Copies of League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Volume 1 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: Illegal

altWednesday, December 9, 7-8:30 pm, 3rd Floor, Seminar Room, Main Library

A day after N. first crossed the U.S. border from Mexico, he was caught and returned to the streets of Tijuana. Undeterred, N. crawled back through a tunnel to San Diego, where he entered the United States. Eventually traveling to Chicago, N. became a well-paid professorial translator who lived in a luxury high-rise apartment—but remained isolated by a lack of legal documentation. In his memoir Illegal, N. details the constraints, deceptions & humiliations that characterize alien life "amid the shadows."

Un día después de que N. cruzo la frontera por primera vez fue detenido y retornado a las calles de Tijuana. Sin inmutarse N. regreso arrastrandose a través de un túnel hacía San Diego, por donde entro a los Estados Unidos. Eventualmente viajando para Chicago, N. se transform en un traductor profesoral viviendo en un apartamento lujoso—pero se mantuvo aislado por su estado migratorio. En su memoría, Illegal, N. detalla las restricciónes, decepciones y humillaciones que caracteriza la vida del extranjero.

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 Jose Angel N.'s Illegal (in English only) 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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