Book Discussions

CAMS Book Group: The Martian


Monday, July 25, 7pm, Chicago Avenue & Main Street Branch

What's worse than a sudden storm? How about a sudden storm on Mars and being left there for dead? This is precisely what happens to astronaut Mark Watney. Will he survive Mars' brutal conditions? Is there hope left? Copies of The Martian are available at the Chicago Avenue & Main Street Branch. Stop in or call, (847) 905-0764, to reserve a copy.


African American Literature Discussion: Democracy in Black : How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul,


Tuesday, July 26, 7 pm, Main Library, Small Meeting Room

Princeton scholar Eddie S.Glaude equates the U.S. racist history to a basic gap in values: black lives matter less in this country and always have. Whether discussing our racial habits that reinforce inequality, why black politics based on the civil-rights era have reached a dead end, or why only remaking democracy from the ground up can bring real change, Glaude crystallizes the untenable position of black America--and offers thoughts on a better way forward.

Copies of Democracy in black : how race still enslaves the American soul 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.  

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


Keepinitreal: Red Notice

titleTuesday, July 26, 7 pm, Seminar Room, 3rd Floor, Main Library

This is a story about an accidental activist. Bill Browder started out his adult life as the Wall Street maverick whose instincts led him to Russia just after the breakup of the Soviet Union, where he made his fortune. Along the way he exposed corruption, and when he did, he barely escaped with his life. His Russian lawyer wasn’t so lucky: he ended up in jail, where he was tortured to death. That changed Browder forever. He saw the murderous heart of the Putin regime and has spent the last half decade on a campaign to expose it. Because of that, he became Putin’s number one enemy, especially after Browder succeeded in having a law passed in the United States that punishes a list of Russians implicated in the lawyer’s murder. Putin famously retaliated with a law that bans Americans from adopting Russian orphans.

Copies of Red Notice 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.


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 Three-Body Problem

Wednetitlesday, August 3, 7 pm, Third Floor Seminar Room, Main Library

The Evanston Public Library Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Discussion Group will meet to discuss The Three-Body Problem, by Cixin Liu (translated by Ken Liu). 

The 2015 Hugo Winner is set against the backdrop of China’s Cultural Revolution. A secret military project sends signals into space to establish contact, and an alien civilization on the brink of destruction captures the signal and plans to invade Earth. Meanwhile, on Earth, different camps start forming, planning to either welcome the superior beings and help them take over a world seen as corrupt, or to fight against the invasion.   


League of Graphic Novel Readers: Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?


Tuesday, August 9, 6pm, Comix Revolution, 606 Davis Street

The League of Graphic Novel Readers will read Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast, a graphic memoir by the beloved New Yorker cartoonist filled with her trademark dark humor. Copies of Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant? 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.



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