Book Discussions

North Branch Book Group: All the Light We Cannot See

altThursday, December 1, 7 pm, North Branch

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday we will meet on the first Thursday of December. Although closed on Thursdays, the North Branch will open for a discussion of  All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doer. Set during World War II, this story follows two young individuals on opposite sides of the war. Marie-Laure, blind since she was six years old, lives in Paris with her father the keeper of the locks at the Museum of Natural History. Her father has built a model of the neighborhood in which they lives so that she can gain some independence. Werner and his sister Jutta are orphans in a mining town in Germany. Finding an old radio, Werner becomes proficient in building, repairing and using radios. This knowledge provides Werner a way out of his perceived destiny: work and eventually death in the coal mines. Doerr's beautifully written book interweaves their stories and the fears, courage, and humanity of many. Copies of this title will be available at North Branch for those who will be attending the discussion. Register. for an email reminder.



North Branch Book Group: Station Eleven

titleThursday, October 27, 7 pm, North Branch

Although closed on Thursdays, the North Branch will open for a discussion of Station Eleven which was a National Book Award and PEN/Faulkner Award finalist. A pandemic changes the world forever. While Emily St John Mandel squarely faces the devastation that is left behind, her story vacillates between the world as it is and as it was 20 years earlier, a time that some cannot remember. Those who can, have done what they are able to keep art alive in the form of a performing Shakespeare troupe.Copies of this title are available at North Branch for those who will be attending the discussion. Register for an email reminder.



CAMS Book Group: Crooked Heart


Monday, October  31, 7 pm, Chicago Avenue & Main Street Branch

Noel Bostock is evacuated from London to escape the Nazi bombardment. Vera Sedge is a small time grifter. Her invalid mother and adult son live with her. Not an ideal candidate to take in an extra mouth to feed. Nevertheless she does. What happens when you combine her street smarts and Noel's intellect? Copies of Crooked Heart are available at the Chicago Avenue & Main Street Branch. Stop in or call, (847) 905-0764, to reserve a copy.



Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Discussion Group: The Fifth Season

altWednesday, November 2, 7 pm, 3rd Floor Seminar Room, Main Library

The Evanston Public Library Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Discussion Group will meet to discuss The Fifth Season, by N. K. Jemison.  

Winner of the 2016 Hugo Award for Best Novel.  A season of endings has begun. It starts with the great red rift across the heart of the world's sole continent, spewing ash that blots out the sun. It starts with death, with a murdered son and a missing daughter.  It starts with betrayal, and long dormant wounds rising up to fester, in a land where the earth is a weapon.


Latin@ Literature Discussion Group: The Private Lives of Trees / La vida privada de los árboles

altWednesday, November 9, 7 pm, 3rd Floor Seminar Room, Main Library

Each night, Julián, a young professor of literature, has improvised a story about trees for his stepdaughter, Daniela. But tonight something is different: as Julián becomes increasingly concerned that his wife won't return from her art class, he imagines what Daniela—at 20, at 30 years old, without a mother—will think of his novel about a man tending to his bonsai.

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 Alejandro Zambra's The Private Lives of Trees (Spanish: La vida privada de los árboles) will be held at the 2nd floor Readers Services Desk one month before the discussion. Call to register at (847) 448-8620!

Please note: Participants may also read Zambra’s short novel Bonsái, which is included in the Spanish edition. The English edition of Bonsai will be available separately & on a limited basis only.


African American Literature Discussion: Grant Park


Tuesday, November 15, 7 pm, Gibbs-Morrison Cultural Center, 1823 Church St, Evanston

Disillusioned columnist Malcolm Toussaint, fueled by yet another report of unarmed black men killed by police, hacks into his newspaper's server to post an incendiary column that had been rejected by his editors. While his  furious editor Carson tries to find Toussaint, at the same time dealing with the reappearance of a lost love from his days as a 60s activist, Toussaint is abducted by two improbable but dangerous white supremacists plotting to explode a bomb at Obama's planned rally in Grant Park. Toussaint and Carson are forced to remember the choices they made as idealistic, impatient young men, when both their lives were changed profoundly by their work in the civil rights movement.

Copies of Grant Park will be held at the 2nd floor desk. Please call 847-448-8620 to register and to get a copy. For more information, including related  interviews, videos and other websites, see the AAL blog.  

For more info on this month's discussion and on related events, check out our blog, and our new monthly newsletter, African American Interest.


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