Book Discussions

GLBT Book Discussion: Rubyfruit Jungle


Tuesday, November 11, 7 pm, Small Meeting Room, Main Library

Few coming of age stories have the impact of Rita Mae Brown's fictionalized memoir, Rubyfruit Jungle. One of the first mainstream books to openly discuss lesbianism, the novel is also a laugh out loud, and remarkably tender story of an intelligent, independent girl refusing to follow the conventional roles assigned to women. Join Greg Salustro , former Evanston Arts Commissioner, and chair of “Reeling 32”, Chicago’s LGBTQ annual film festival in our discussion of this still timely novel. Copies are available at the Readers Advisory desk on the 2nd floor; to register or reserve a copy call 847-448-8620 or register online.



Latin@ Literature Discussion Group: Latino Americans / Latino Americanos


Wednesday, November 12, 7-8:30 pm, 3rd Floor, Seminar Room, Main Library

Latino Americans chronicles the rich and varied history of Latinos, who have helped shaped our nation and have become, with more than fifty million people, the largest minority in the United States. This companion to the landmark PBS miniseries, and authored by acclaimed journalist Ray Suarez, vividly and candidly tells how the story of Latino Americans is the story of our country.

Esta es una crónica de la rica y variada historia de los Latinos en Estados Unidos, quienes han colaborado en la formación de nuestra nación y ahora constituyen el grupo minoritario más  numeroso con cerca de 50 milllones de personas. Este libro acompaña las mini series de la PBS, creadas por el aclamado periodista Ray Suarez, quien con energía, pero candidamente, relata cómo la historia de los latinos es la historia de nuestro país.

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 Ray Suarez's Latino Americans (Spanish: Latino Americanos) 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:


A Year of August Wilson: King Hedley II


Monday, November 17, 6 pm, Community Meeting Room, Main Library

In 1985 in the Hill District neighborhood of Pittsburgh, King and his friend, Mister, try to make ends meet by selling refrigerators. King lives with his wife, Tonya, and his mother Ruby ( from Seven Guitars). Secrets and shared legacies are unearthed when Elmore, a suave gambler from Ruby's past, comes to visit.

Join artists from Fleetwood Jourdain Theatre and the Chicago community to read aloud and discuss plays from the August Wilson "Century" Cycle. Part of 11 Months of African American History series, and the community wide, "RACE: are We So Different?" program series and museum exhibit, in collaboration with the YWCA Evanston Northshore  and the Illinois Holocaust Museum.



African American Literature Discussion: Fatal Invention


Tuesday, November 18, 7 pm, Small Meeting Room, Main Library

 This groundbreaking book examines how the myth of biological concept of race--revived by purportedly cutting-edge science, race-specific drugs, genetic testing, and DNA databases--continues to undermine a just society and promote inequality in a supposedly "post-racial" era. . Fatal Invention is a  timely and provocative analysis of race, science, and politics by one of the nation's leading legal scholars and social critics.Part of 11 Months of African American History series, and the community wide, "RACE: are We So Different?" program series and museum exhibit, in collaboration with the YWCA Evanston Northshore  and the Illinois Holocaust Museum.



North Branch Book Group: Claire of the Sea Light

titleThursday, November 20, 7 pm, North Branch 

National Book Award winning author Edwidge Danticat takes her readers to Ville Rose in Haiti where we meet 7 year old Claire Faustin and her father, Nozias. Unrequited in his love for his wife who died giving birth to Claire, Nozias looks every year for someone to care for his daughter so that he can earn more money, but when he tells Claire of his plan, she believes he is deserting her.  Danticat blends the stories of others from the village with that of Nozias and Claire creating a luminous but unwavering image of the island.

Copies of the book are available at the North Branch for those who will be attending the discussion. Please register for an email reminder.



CAMS Book Group: Boy, Snow, Bird

titleMonday, November 24, 7 pm, Chicago Avenue/Main Street

A wicked stepmother is a creature Boy never imagined she’d become, but elements of the familiar tale of aesthetic obsession begin to play themselves out when the birth of Boy’s daughter, Bird, who is dark-skinned, exposes the Whitmans as light-skinned African Americans passing for white. Among them, Boy, Snow, and Bird confront the tyranny of the mirror to ask how much power surfaces really hold.

Copies of Boy, Snow, Bird will be held at the Chicago Avenue/Main Street location; stop by or call 847-905-0764.


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