ADULT BOOK CLUBS
Book Club Discussions are open to all, and newcomers are always welcome. Copies of the books are available at the Check-Out Desk about one month in advance. Please contact Jane at the Reference Desk (309-343-6118 or firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have questions about the clubs.
Tuesday/Thursday Book Discussions
The Tuesday Book Club meets at the library the second Tuesday of each month at 1:00 PM. The Thursday Book Club meets the second Thursday of each month at 6:30 PM. The groups read and discuss a novel half the time and a nonfiction work half the time.
February book: A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marr
A tough-minded doctor risks everything to save the life of a hunted child in this majestic debut novel about love, loss, and the unexpected ties that bind us together.
Author Anthony Marra transports us to a snow-covered village in Chechnya where an 8-year-old watches from the woods as her father is abducted by Russian soldiers.
Join us for a discussion of A Constellation of Vital Phenomena:
- Tuesday, February 10, at 1:00 pm upstairs at the library
- Thursday, February 12, at 6:30 pm at the library
Author Anthony Marra will join us by phone at 2:00 pm on Tuesday, February 10, after the discussion.
In June of 1860 three-year-old Saville Kent was found at the bottom of an outdoor privy with histhroat slit. The crime horrified all England and led to a national obsession with detection. Inspector Jonathan Whicher’s legacy lives on in fiction: the tough, quirky, all-knowing and all-seeing detective that we know and love today…from the cryptic Sgt. Cuff in Wilkie Collins’s The Moonstone to Dashiell Hammett’s Sam Spade. The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher reads like the best of Victorian thrillers.
Join us for a discussion of The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher:
- Tuesday, March 10 at 1:00 pm upstairs at the library
- Thursday, March 12, at 6:30 pm at the library
The Tuesday discussion will be followed at 2:00 pm by a documentary or movie. Copies of the book will be available at the Check-Out Desk about one month in advance.
Science Fiction/Fantasy Discussion Group
The Tome Raiders Science Fiction/Fantasy Discussion Group meets once a month on a Friday, usually the third of the month.
January book: Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
Oryx and Crake is at once an unforgettable love story and a compelling vision of the future. Margaret Atwood projects us into a near future that is both all too familiar and beyond our imagining. Oryx and Crake was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction in 2003.
Join us for a discussion of Oryx and Crake:
Friday, January 23, at 6:00 pm at Hardee’s (913 E. Main St.)
(Please note, this is the fourth Friday, not the third)
February book: The Last Apprentice: Revenge of the Witch by Joseph Delaney
For years, Old Gregory has been the “Spook” for the county, ridding the local villages of evil. Now his time is coming to an end. But who will take over for him? Twenty-nine apprentices have tried—some floundered, some fled, some failed to stay alive. Only Thomas Ward is left. He’s the last hope, the last apprentice.
Join us for a discussion:
Friday, February 20 at 6:00 pm at Hardee’s (913 E. Main St.)
March: Out of the Silent Planet by C.S. Lewis
Out of the Silent Planet is the first book in C. S. Lewis’s Space Trilogy. It begins the adventures of the remarkable Dr. Ransom. He is abducted by a megalomaniac and his accomplice and taken via spaceship to the red planet of Malacandra. The two men are in need of a human sacrifice, and Dr. Ransom would seem to fit the bill. Once on the planet, however, Ransom eludes his captors, risking his life and his chances of returning to Earth, becoming a stranger in a land that is enchanting in its difference from Earth and instructive in its similarity. According to biographer A. N. Wilson, Lewis wrote the novel after a conversation with J.R.R. Tolkien in which both men lamented the state of contemporary fiction.
Join us for a discussion of Out of the Silent Planet:
Friday, March 27, at 6:00 pm at Hardee’s (913 E. Main St.)
(Please note, this is the fourth Friday, not the third)
Food for Thought Book Discussions
The Food for Thought discussion group meets seasonally at En Season Cafe at the Sustainable Business Center.
February book: Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis
In this dystopian novel set in the not-too-distant future, water has become scarce. Lynn has been taught to defend her pond against every threat: drought, a snowless winter, coyotes, and most important, people looking for a drink.
Located at Galesburg’s Sustainable Business Center, En Season Café serves locally-grown food with an ever-changing lunch menu depending on what is in season. Entree, side dish, and drink are a flat $10 for the book club. There are vegetarian options.
Join us for a discussion of Not a Drop to Drink:
Thursday, February 19 at 11:30 am at En Season Cafe (2900 W. Main St.)
March book: Blessing the Hands That Feed Us: What Eating Closer to Home Can Teach Us About Food, Community, and Our Place on Earth by Vicki Robin
Taking the locavore movement to heart, Vicki Robin pledged for one month to eat only food sourced within a 10-mile radius of her home on Whidbey Island in Puget Sound, Washington. Her sustainable diet not only brings to light society’s unhealthy dependency on mass-produced, prepackaged foods but also helps her reconnect with her body and her environment. Featuring recipes and practical tips on adopting your own locally sourced diet, Blessing the Hands That Feed Us is an inspirational guide and testimonial to the locavore movement and a healthy food future.
Join us for a discussion of Blessing the Hands That Feed Us:
Thursday, March 19 at 11:30 am at En Season Cafe (2900 W. Main St.)
Please register and pay for your lunch at the Reference Desk in advance of the discussions.
Copies of the discussion books are available at the library’s Check-Out Desk about one month in advance.