Book Discussions

CAMS Book Group: The Ocean at the End of the Lane

titleMonday, April 27, 7 pm, Chicago Avenue/Main Street

Forty years ago, a then seven-year-old boy, unwittingly discovered a neighboring family’s supernatural secret. What happens next is an imaginative romp through otherwordly adventure. Childhood innocence is tested and transcended as we see what getting between ancient, mystic forces can cost, as well as what can be gained from the power of true friendship. The result is a captivating tale that is equal parts sweet, sad, and spooky.


Copies of The Ocean at the End of the Lane will be held at the Chicago Avenue/Main Street location; stop by or call 847-905-0764.


Keepinitreal: Under the Banner of Heaven

titleTuesday, April 28, 7 pm, Seminar Room, 3rd Floor, Main Library

In 1984, Ron and Dan Lafferty murdered the wife and infant daughter of their younger brother Allen. The crimes were noteworthy not merely for their brutality but for the brothers' claim that they were acting on direct orders from God.  Jon Krakauer tells the story of the killers and their crime but also explores the shadowy world of Mormon fundamentalism from which the two emerged.

Copies of Under the Banner of Heaven 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.


North Branch Book Group: Regeneration

titleThursday, April 30, 7 pm, North Branch 

In 1917, Siegfried Sasson, noted poet and decorated war hero, publicly refused to continue serving as a British officer in World War I. His reason: the war was a senseless slaughter. He was officially classified "mentally unsound" and sent to Craiglockhart War Hospital. There a brilliant psychiatrist, Dr. William Rivers, set about restoring Sassoon's "sanity" and sending him back to the trenches. This novel tells what happened as only a novel can. It is a war saga in which not a shot is fired. It is a story of a battle for a man's mind in which only the reader can decide who is the victor, who the vanquished, and who the victim.

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



Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Discussion Group: Among Others


Wednesday, May 6, 7 pm, 3rd Floor, Seminar Room, Main Library

Evanston Public Library's Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Discussion Group will meet to discuss Among Others, by Jo Walton.

This book is a love letter to anyone who grew up immersed in sci-fi and fantasy - who felt completely out of sync with the "real" world, but ultimately wanted to find their own place in it.  Among Others is at once the compelling story of a young woman struggling to escape a troubled childhood, a brilliant diary of first encounters with the great novels of modern fantasy and SF (through a fledgling science fiction and fantasy book club!), and a spellbinding tale of escape from ancient enchantment.  Among Others won the Hugo Award and the British Fantasy Award for Best Novel in 2012, and the Nebula Award for Best Novel in 2011.   


Latin@ Literature Discussion Group: Stories & Poems / Cuentos y poesías


Wednesday, May 13, 7-8:30 pm, 3rd Floor, Seminar Room, Main Library

Nicaraguan poet and essayist Rubén Darío is considered the high priest of the modernismo school of literature, known for its dazzling verbal virtuosity and technical perfection. This bi-lingual volume, Stories & Poems ≈ Cuentos y Poesías, contains a rich selection of Darío's best poems and stories, written by one of the most important Latin-American writers of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Poeta nicaragüense Rubén Darío y ensayista es considerado como el sumo sacerdote de la escuela modernismo de la literatura, conocido por su virtuosismo verbal deslumbrante y perfección técnica. Este volumen bilingüe, Stories & Poems ≈ Cuentos y Poesías, contiene una rica seleccion de los mejores poemas y cuentos de Dario, escrito por uno de los más importantes escritores latinoamericanos de finales del siglo XIX y principios del XX.

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 Rubén Darío's Stories & Poems ≈ Cuentos y Poesías (Bilingual edition) 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:


History Book Discussion Group: To End All Wars


Wednesday, May 20, 7 pm , Seminar Room, Third Floor, Main Library

As part of Evanston Public Library’s year of programming commemorating the centennial of WWI, we’ll read Adam Hochschild's To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918, an account of war heroes and war dissenters and the often complicated relationship between the two.  The Washington Post called To End All Wars “exemplary in all respects.”
Copies of To End All Wars 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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