Book Discussions

Book Lovers


Monday, August 3, 1 pm, Levy Senior Center, 300 Dodge Avenue

Come join us for an informal conversation about books and authors.  Share your recent reads and book recommendations.  Receive new reading suggestions from others.  This group will meet at the Levy Senior Center at 300 Dodge Avenue on the first Monday of each month from 1-2 p.m. 

Dates in 2015: August 3, August 31*, October 5, November 2, December 7

No registration required.  

 *We will meet on August 31st in lieu of Labor Day


Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Discussion Group: Old Man's War

titleWednesday, August 5, 7 pm, Third Floor Seminar Room, Main Library

Evanston Public Library's Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Discussion Group will meet to discuss Old Man's War, by John Scalzi.

John Perry did two things on his 75th birthday.  First, he visited his wife's grave.  Then, he joined the army.  In a hostile universe where Earth is a backwater ripe for alien domination, the army doesn't want young people.  They want people with the knowledge and skills of decades of living.  So John will be given a new body, taken off Earth, and never allowed to return.  He'll serve two years in space, and if he survives, he'll be given a homestead of his own on a distant planet.   John Perry is taking that deal. He has only the vaguest idea what to expect. Because the actual fight, light-years from home, is far, far harder than he can imagine-and what he will become is far stranger.


League of Graphic Novel Readers: Seconds


Tuesday, August 11, 6 pm, Comix Revolution, 606 Davis Street

From the author of the acclaimed Scott Pilgrim series, this is a tale of existential angst, everyday obstacles, young love, and ancient spirits that’s sharp-witted and tenderhearted, whimsical and wise Copies of Seconds 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.  


LGBTQ: Not My Father’s Son


Tuesday, August 18th, 7 pm, Seminar Room, Main Library

In his unique and engaging voice, Alan Cumming, the acclaimed actor of stage and screen shares the emotional story of his complicated relationship with his father and the deeply buried family secrets that shaped his life and career.


Copies of Not My Father's Son will be held at the 2nd floor desk. Please register online or call 847-448-8620 to get a copy.



History Book Discussion Group: 1491


Wednesday, August 19, 7 pm , Seminar Room, Third Floor, Main Library

Charles C. Mann's 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus summarizes recent research on Native Americans before Columbus which shows that, contrary to what is often believed, the Americas were filled with complex social organization, including genetic engineering of crops and cities with running water.
Copies of 1491 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.



Keepinitreal: The Emperor of Scent

altTuesday, August 25, 7 pm, Seminar Room, 3rd Floor, Main Library

This book tells of the scientific maverick Luca Turin, a connoisseur and something of an aesthete who wrote a bestselling perfume guide and bandied about an outrageous new theory on the human sense of smell. Drawing on cutting-edge work in biology, chemistry, and physics, Turin used his obsession with perfume and his eerie gift for smell to turn the cloistered worlds of the smell business and science upside down, leading to a solution to the last great mystery of the senses: how the nose works.


Copies of The Emperor of Scent 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.


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