Book Discussions

Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Discussion Group: The Lions of Al-Rassan

titleWednesday, September 2, 7 pm, Third Floor Seminar Room, Main Library

Evanston Public Library's Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Discussion Group will meet to discuss The Lions of Al-Rassan, by Guy Gavriel Kay.

In the dangerous lands of Al-Rassan, two men from different worlds meet and serve — for a time — the same master. Sharing their interwoven fate — and increasingly torn by her feelings — is Jehane, the accomplished court physician, whose own skills play an increasing role as Al-Rassan is swept to the brink of holy war, and beyond. 

Hauntingly evocative of medieval Spain, The Lions of Al-Rassan is both a brilliant adventure and a deeply compelling story of love, divided loyalties, and what happens to men and women when hardening beliefs begin to remake — or destroy — a world.


League of Graphic Novel Readers: Mind MGMT


Tuesday, September 8, 6 pm, Comix Revolution, 606 Davis Street

The adventure of a reporter investigating a mysterious airline flight who uncovers a secret government agency of super spies and psychic powers. Copies of Mind MGMT 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: 2666


Wednesday, September 9, 7-8:30 pm, 3rd Floor, Seminar Room, Main Library

 2666 is Roberto Bolaño’s final masterpiece.  In this sweeping, epic novel, the lives of its characters intersect: a group of European academics; an elusive Prussian novelist; an African-American sports writer; a Chilean professor losing his grip on reality; a Mexican police detective and the older woman he’s fallen in love with. The linchpin that links them centers around the horrific murders of young women in the Mexico-U.S. border town of Santa Teresa (a fictionalized Ciudad Juárez).
2666 es la obra maestra final de Roberto Bolaño. En esta novela épica las vidas de los personajes se cruzan: Un grupo de acadèmicos europeos; un novelista Prusiano elusive; un reporter de deportes afroamericano; un professor Chileno perdiendo su sentido de realidad; un detective Mexicano y la mujer de edad con cual el se enamoró. Lo que los conecta a todos son las muertes horrendas de mujeres jóvenes en la frontera entre México y los Estados Unidos en la ciudad de Santa Teresa (la Ciudad Juarez en ficticio).

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 Robert Bolaño's 2666 (Spanish: 2666) will be held at the 2nd floor Readers Services Desk two months before the discussion. Call to register at (847) 448-8620! -- Also check out our Latin@ blog:!


LGBTQ Discussion: Tipping the Velvet


Tuesday, September 15, 7 pm, Seminar Room, Main Library

Nancy Astley, a fishmonger in Whitstable, becomes smitten by male impersonator Kitty Butler and attends shows until the star notices her, which leads to the two becoming partners in romance and performance until societal pressures drive the two into situations that embrace the ambiguity of sexual preference and gender roles.

Copies of Tipping the Velvet will be held at the 2nd floor desk. Please register online or call 847-448-8620  to reserve a copy.



African American Literature Discussion:Death of a King : the real story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s final year,


Tuesday, September 15, 7 pm, Small Meeting Room, Main Library

Martin Luther King, Jr. died in one of the most shocking assassinations the world has known, but little is remembered about the life he led in his final year. New York Times bestselling author and award-winning broadcaster Tavis Smiley recounts the final 365 days of King's life, revealing the minister's trials and  tribulations -- denunciations by the press, rejection from the president, dismissal by the country's black middle class and militants, assaults on his character, ideology, and political tactics, all of which he had to rise above in order to lead and address the racism, poverty, and militarism that threatened  democracy.

Copies of Death of a King will be held at the Reader's Services desk on the 2nd floor; stop by or call 847-448-8620. For more information, including related  interviews, videos and other websites, see the AAL blog.


History Book Discussion Group: The Metaphysical Club


Wednesday, September 16, 7 pm, Seminar Room, Third Floor, Main Library

Louis Menand's The Metaphysical Club: A Story of Ideas in America is a profile of the intellectual ferment in Boston and Cambridge (Mass.) in the late 19th Century, featuring Oliver Wendall Holmes, William James, Charles Peirce, and John Dewey. The Metaphysical Club was awarded the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for History.

Copies of The Metaphysical Club will be held at the Reader's Services desk on the 2nd floor. To register call 847-448-8620 or register online.  Learn more about the History Book Discussion Group at our blog.


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