Book Discussions

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.

 

Keepinitreal: The Lost Whale

titleTuesday, December 2, 7 pm, Seminar Room, 3rd Floor, Main Library

One summer in Nootka Sound on the west coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, a young killer whale called Luna got separated from his pod. Like humans, orcas are highly social and depend on their families, but Luna found himself desperately alone. So he tried to make contact with people. He begged for attention at boats and docks. He looked soulfully into people's eyes. He wanted to have his tongue rubbed. When someone whistled at him, he squeaked and whistled back. People fell in love with him, but the government decided that being friendly with Luna was bad for him, and tried to keep him away from humans. Policemen arrested people for rubbing Luna’s nose. Fines were levied. Undaunted, Luna refused to give up his search for connection and people went out to meet him, like smugglers carrying friendship through the dark. But does friendship work between species? People who loved Luna couldn't agree on how to help him. Conflict came to Nootka Sound. The government built a huge net. The First Nations’ members brought out their canoes. Nothing went as planned, and the ensuing events caught everyone by surprise and challenged the very nature of that special and mysterious bond we humans call friendship.

Copies of The Lost Whale 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.

   

Latin@ Literature Discussion Group: Into the Beautiful North / Rumbo al hermoso norte

titleWednesday, December 10, 7-8 pm, 3rd Floor, Seminar Room, Main Library

19-year-old Nayeli works at a taco shop in a remote Mexican village and dreams about her father, who left for the U.S. when she was young. Recently it’s dawned on her that he isn't the only man who’s left town. In fact, there are almost no men in the village—they’ve all gone north. While watching "The Magnificent Seven," Nayeli decides to go north herself and recruit seven men—her own "Siete Magníficos”—to repopulate her hometown and protect it from the bandidos who plan on taking it over.

Nayeli es una chica de 19 años de edad quien trabaja en una taquería ubicada en un pueblo remoto de México. Ella sueña con volver a ver a su padre, quien se marchó a Estados Unidos cuando ella era joven. Recientemente, Nayeli se ha dado cuenta que su padre no es el único hombre que ha abandonado el pueblo. En realidad, casi no quedan hombres, pues todo se han ido para el norte. Después de ver “The Magnificent Seven”, Nayeli decide ir al norte y reclutar a sus propios "Siete Magníficos”, siete hombres quienes repoblarán el pueblo y lo protegerán de los bandidos.

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 Luis Alberto Urrea's Into the Beautiful North (Spanish: Rumbo al hermoso norte)
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: http://llevanston.wordpress.com!

   

African American Literature Discussion: A Dreadful Deceit

titleTuesday, December 16, 7 pm, Community Meeting Room, Main Library 

Professor Jacqueline Jones profiles six African-Americans from the 1650s  to late 20th-century to demonstrate that race, which has no "basis in biology," didn't become a social construct until around the time of the American Revolution.Jones argues that throughout our history, race has been used as a malleable tool that has been forged over and over to fit the political and economic whims of America's elite.

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

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.

   

GLBT Book Discussion: Giovanni's Room

titleTuesday, January 13, 7 pm, Small Meeting Room, Main Library

Greg Salustro , former Evanston Arts Commissioner, and chair of “Reeling 32”, Chicago’s LGBTQ annual film festival leads a monthly discussion of books and plays by or about members of the gay/lesbian/bi/transgender community. The third title is James Baldwin's, Giovanni's Room., which chronicles a young African American man's sexual awakening in 1950s Paris. 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. 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.

   

Latin@ Literature Discussion Group: Music of the Mill / Música de la acería

titleWednesday, January 14, 7-8:30 pm, 3rd Floor, Seminar Room, Main Library

As World War II’s industrial boom birthed a new California, a mighty steel industry rose with the potential to make modest dreams come true for workers willing to risk their lives in the mill. For the Salcido family, the mill became an engine for survival. With this epic novel spanning six decades, Author Luis J. Rodriguez chronicles the evolutions of an American family and the enormous enterprise that drove them.

Como prosperidad industrial de la Segunda Guerra Mundial dio a luz a una nueva California, una industria siderúrgica poderoso se levantó con el potencial de hacer que los sueños modestos se hacen realidad para los trabajadores dispuestos a arriesgar sus vidas en el molino. Para la familia Salcido, el molino se convirtió en un motor para la supervivencia. Con esta novela épica que abarca seis décadas, Autor Luis J. Rodríguez narra las evoluciones de una familia americana y la enorme empresa que los llevó.

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 Luis J. Rodriguez' Music of the Mill (Spanish: Música de la acería) 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: http://llevanston.wordpress.com

 

   

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