ADULT BOOK CLUBS
Book Club Discussions are open to all, and newcomers are always welcome.
Copies of the books are available on the Hold shelf about one month in advance. Pick up a copy of any discussion book you’d like to read and take it to the Check-Out Desk. 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.
December: Dear Mrs. Bird by A.J. Pearce
London, 1940. When Emmeline Lake sees an advertisement for a job at the London Evening Chronicle, her dreams of becoming a Lady War Correspondent suddenly seem achievable. But the job turns out to be working as a typist for the fierce advice columnist Henrietta Bird. Mrs. Bird is very clear: letters containing any Unpleasantness must go straight in the bin.
But when Emmy reads poignant notes from readers, she is unable to resist responding. As the German planes make their nightly raids and London picks up the smoldering pieces each morning, Emmy secretly writes back to those who have poured out their troubles.
Join us for a discussion of Dear Mrs. Bird:
- Tuesday, December 10, 1:00 pm (at the library)
- Thursday, December12, 6:30 pm (at Jimmy’s Pizza)
January: Finding Dorothy by Elizabeth Letts
Book discussion of Finding Dorothy by Elizabeth Letts, a novel that tells the story behind The Wonderful Wizard of Oz through the eyes of author L. Frank Baum’s wife Maud
Join us for a discussion of Finding Dorothy:
- Tuesday, January 14, 1:00 pm (at the library)
- Thursday, January 16, 6:30 pm (at Jimmy’s Pizza)
(please note, this is the 3rd Thursday, not the 2nd)
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.
November: The Forgotten Beasts of Eld by Patricia McKillip
Sybel, the heiress of powerful wizards, needs the company of no one outside her gates. In her exquisite stone mansion, she is attended by exotic, magical beasts.
But when a soldier bearing an infant arrives, Sybel discovers that the world of man and magic is full of both love and deceit, and the possibility of more power than she can possibly imagine.
Winner of the World Fantasy Award in 1975.
You will purchase your own food/drink.
Join us for a discussion of The Forgotten Beasts of Eld:
- Friday, November 22, 6:00 pm at Hardee’s (913 E. Main St.)
December: All Systems Red by Martha Wells
In a corporate-dominated spacefaring future, planetary missions must be approved and supplied by the Company. Exploratory teams are accompanied by Company-supplied security androids, for their own safety. But in a society where contracts are awarded to the lowest bidder, safety isn’t a primary concern. On a distant planet, a team of scientists are conducting surface tests, shadowed by their Company-supplied ‘droid — a self-aware unit that refers to itself (though never out loud) as Murderbot. Scornful of humans, all it really wants is to be left alone long enough to figure out who it is. But when a neighboring mission goes dark, it’s up to the scientists and their Murderbot to get to the truth. You will purchase your own food/drink.
Join us for a discussion of All Systems Red:
- Friday, December 13, 6:00 pm at Hardee’s (913 E. Main St.)
January: Midnight Riot by Ben Aaronovitch
Peter Grant dreams of being a detective in London’s police force. Peter’s ability to speak with the dead brings him to the attention of DCI Nightingale, who investigates crimes involving magic and the uncanny.
Copies of the book are available for checkout. You will purchase your own food/drink.
Join us for a discussion of Midnight Riot:
- Friday, January 31, 6:00 pm at Hardee’s (913 E. Main St.)
Food for Thought Book Discussions
The Food for Thought discussion group meets seasonally to discuss books about food and the environment. Attendees order and pay for their own lunch.
November: The Jesus Cow by Michael Perry
A Wisconsin farmer trying to save his land from a developer discovers a calf bearing an image of Jesus. Should he keep it quiet or cash in on the publicity? A funny but sincere exploration of faith and the foibles of modern life.
You will pay for your own food.
This will be the last meeting of the Food for Thought discussion group until February 2019.
Join us for a discussion of The Jesus Cow:
- Thurs., November 21, 11:30 am, Craft Butcher and Deli (41 S Seminary)
Buzzwords is designed for people over 21 and under 40, but it is open to anyone. Attendees order and pay for their own food/drink.
November: My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
A short, darkly funny, hand grenade of a novel about a Nigerian woman whose younger sister has a very inconvenient habit of killing her boyfriends. You will pay for your own food.
Join us for a discussion of My Sister, the Serial Killer:
- Thurs., November 21, 6:00 pm, Knox County Brewing Co (2900 W Main)
December: Seven Days of Us by Francesca Hornak
It’s Christmas, and for the first time in years the entire Birch family is under one roof. Even the elder daughter – who is usually off saving the world – will be joining them. But Olivia, a doctor, is only coming home because she has to. She’s just returned from treating an epidemic abroad and has been told she must stay in quarantine for a week…and so too should her family. You will pay for your own food.
Join us for a discussion of Seven Days of Us:
- Thurs., December 19, 6:00 pm, Knox County Brewing Co (2900 W Main)
January: Girls Burn Brighter by Shobha Rao
Poornima and Savitha have three strikes against them: they are poor, they are ambitious, and they are girls. This novel explores the bonds of friendship and how female ambition beats against the strictures of poverty and patriarchal societies. You will pay for your own food.
Join us for a discussion of Girls Burn Brighter:
- Thurs., January 23, 6:00 pm, Knox County Brewing Co (2900 W Main)