Book Discussions

GLBT Book Discussion: Orlando

titleTuesday, February 10, 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 fourth title is Virginia Woolf's, Orlando. 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: Heroes, Lovers, and Others: The Story of Latinos in Hollywood


Wednesday, February 11, 7-8:30 pm, 3rd Floor, Seminar Room, Main Library

Heroes, Lovers, and Others tells the history of Latino actors in American film from the silent era to today. Rodriguez examines such Latino legends as Desi Arnaz, Dolores del Rio, Rita Hayworth, Raquel Welch, Anthony Quinn, Selma Hayek, and Antonio Banderas, while exploring the attitudes, cultural conditions, and assumptions that influenced the portrayal of Latinos in film as well as their reception by the public.

Heroes, Lovers, and Others cuenta la historia de actores latinos en el cine americano de la época del cine mudo hasta la era de hoy. Rodríguez examina esas leyendas latinas como Desi Arnaz, Dolores del Río, Rita Hayworth, Raquel Welch, Anthony Quinn, Salma Hayek y Antonio Banderas, mientras que la exploración de las actitudes, las condiciones culturales y suposiciones que influyeron en la representación de los latinos en el cine, así como su recepción por el público.

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 Clara E. Rodríguez' Heroes, Lovers, and Others (available only in English) 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:!


African American Literature Discussion: A More Unbending Battle

titleTuesday, February 17, 7 pm, Small Meeting Room, Main Library

Journalist and author Pete Nelson chronicles the little-known story of the 369th Infantry Regiment—the first African-American regiment mustered to fight in WWI. Recruited from all walks of Harlem life, the regiment had to fight alongside the French because America’s segregation policy prohibited them from fighting with white U.S. soldiers.  Despite extraordinary odds and racism, the 369th became one of the most successful—and infamous—regiments of the war. The Harlem Hellfighters, as their enemies named them, spent longer than any other American unit in combat, were the first Allied unit to reach the Rhine, and showed extraordinary valor on the battlefield, with many soldiers winning the Croix de Guerre and the Legion of Honor. Replete with vivid accounts of battlefield heroics, A More Unbending Battle is the thrilling story of the dauntless Harlem Hellfighters.  

Copies of A More Unbending Battle: The Harlem Hellfighters' Struggle for Freedom in WWI and Equality at Home 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. Part of the World War I in Commemoration program series.


History Book Discussion: Fordlandia


Wednesday, February 18, 7 pm, Seminar Room, Third Floor, Main Library
In 1927, Henry Ford, the richest man in the world, began an ambitious and ultimately doomed project.  He built a company town as part of his company’s rubber plantation in the Brazilian Amazon, including golf courses, ice-cream shops, bandstands, indoor plumbing, and Model Ts rolling down broad streets. Greg Grandin's Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford’s Forgotten Jungle City, a 2009 National Book Award Finalist, depicts a desperate quest to salvage the bygone America that the Ford factory system did much to dispatch.

Copies of Fordlandia 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.


League of Graphic Novel Readers: Fun Home

titleFriday, February 20, 7pm, Comix Revolution, 606 Davis Street (map)


A groundbreaking memoir about growing up in rural Pennsylvania.  Shortly after coming out as gay, Bechdel is surprised to discover that her father is gay as well. Copies of Fun Home 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


CAMS Book Group: Mr. Sebastian and the Negro Magician

altMonday, February 23, 7 pm, Chicago Avenue/Main Street

Henry Walker was once a world-class magician, performing to sold-out shows in New York. But now he has been reduced to joining Musgrove's Chinese Circus as the shambling Negro Magician, whose dark black skin and electric green eyes bewitch most audiences. But one balmy Mississippi night in 1954, Henry disappears in the company of three rowdy white teens and is never seen again. Wallace pieces together Henry's incredible vagabond life – from a deal with a bone-white devil known only as Mr. Sebastian, to the heartrending loss of his sister Hannah – and creates an enchanting tale of love, loss, identity, and the limitation of magic.


Copies of Mr. Sebastian and the Negro Magician will be held at the Chicago Avenue/Main Street location; stop by or call 847-905-0764.



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