Book Discussions

North Branch Book Group: H is for Hawk

titleThursday, June 30, 7 pm, North Branch

Join us on the last Thursday of most months for a thoughtful discussion of fiction and nonfiction titles. In June we will discuss H is for Hawk by Helen McDonald. Reeling from grief at her father's sudden death, Helen determines to acquire and train a goshawk. Long the favorite hunting bird in England, goshawks are challenging to train and not meant for beginners. Nearly overcome by grief and the challenge of properly raising and training Mabel, Helen turns to Goshawk by T. S. White for guidance. Copies of the book will be available at the North Branch four weeks before the discussion. Register for an email reminder. 

 

North Branch Book Group: A Moveable Feast

titleThursday, July 28, 7 pm, North Branch

Join us on the last Thursday of most months for a thoughtful discussion of fiction and nonfiction titles. In July, we will turn to Ernest Hemingway's classic memoir of life in Paris after World War I. In the wake of last years terrorist bombing, A Moveable Feast has become a best seller in Paris. Copies of the book will be available at the North Branch four weeks before the discussion. Register for an email reminder. 

   

Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Discussion Group: The Name of the Wind

titleThursday, May 5, 7 pm,  Third Floor Seminar Room, Main Library

The Evanston Public Library's Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Discussion Group will meet to discuss The Name Of The Wind, by Patrick Rothfuss. 

This award-winning debut is a high-action story written with a poet's hand.  It tells the story of Kvothe, a magically gifted young man who grows to be the most notorious wizard his world has ever seen.   An innovative and beautifully-written twist on the classic “hero’s journey” tale.

 

   

The League of Graphic Novel Readers: Arab of the Future

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Tuesday, May 10, 6 pm, Comix Revolution, 606 Davis Street

The League of Graphic Novel Readers will read Arab of the Future, by Riad Sattouf. The memoir of a childhood spent in the shadows of three dictators: Muammar Gaddafi, Hafez al-Assad, and the author’s father. Copies of Arab of the Future 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: The Story of My Teeth / La historia de mis dientes

altWednesday, May 11, 7-8 pm, 3rd Floor, Seminar Room, Main Library

Gustavo ‘Highway’ Sanchez is a man with a mission: he is planning to replace every last one of his unsightly teeth. He has a few skills that might help him on his way: he can imitate Janis Joplin after two rums, he can interpret Chinese fortune cookies, he can stand an egg upright on a table, and he can float on his back. And, of course, he is the world's best auction caller—although other people might not realize this, because he is, by nature, very discreet. In his quest for a perfect set of pearly whites, however, ‘Highway’ finds unusual ways to raise the funds he needs...

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 Valeria Luiselli's The Story of My Teeth (Spanish: La historia de mis dientes) 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: http://llevanston.wordpress.com!

   

African American Literature Discussion: Jam on the Vine

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Tuesday, May 17, 7 pm, Main Library, Small Meeting Room

Ivoe Williams is a brilliant young woman who grows up in Texas, the child of emancipated slaves, and despite the obstacles she faces manages to get a degree in journalism. But no newspapers will hire her because she is an African-American woman. Her frustration causes her to uproot and move to Kansas City, where she and her lover, Ona, start the first female-run African-American newspaper, examining segregation and the American prison system of the day, sometimes at great personal risk. Wonderfully vibrant, fully realized vision of the shadowy corners of America's history.

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

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