Book Discussions

GLBT Book Discussion: A Single Man

titleTuesday, March 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 fifth title is Christopher Isherwood's, A Single Man. 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: Maya's Notebook / El cuaderno de Maya


Wednesday, March 11, 7-8:30 pm, 2015, 3rd Floor, Seminar Room, Main Library

Maya Vidal, a 19-year-old American girl, finds refuge on a remote island off the coast of Chile after falling into a life of drugs, crime, and prostitution. There, in the company of a lame dog and other strange characters, she begins to record her life story in a notebook, which includes pursuit by assassins, the police, and the FBI...and in the process of writing, she unveils a terrible family secret.

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. Isabel Allende's Maya's Notebook (Spanish: El cuaderno de Maya) 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:

Important Note!: The discussion of "2666" by Roberto Bolaño has been moved to September 9, 2015




African American Literature Discussion: The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln

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

In an alternate history novel, Lincoln escapes assassination by John Wilkes Booth only to face impeachment, and Abigail Canner, a young black woman involved in his defense, helps investigate the murder of the president's counsel.

Copies of The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln 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.


History Book Discussion: Book of Ages

titleWednesday, March 18, 7 pm, Seminar Room, Third Floor, Main Library

Jane Franklin’s obscurity and poverty were matched only by her older brother Benjamin’s fame and wealth.  Like him, though, she was a passionate reader, a gifted writer, and an astonishingly shrewd political commentator. In Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin, Jill Lepore, a Harvard historian and New Yorker staff writer, brings Jane Franklin to life in a way that illuminates not only this extraordinary woman but the world of colonial America.

Copies of Book of Ages 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: Blankets


Friday, March 20, 7pm, Comix Revolution, 606 Davis Street (map)


Craig Thompson's award-winning coming-of-age memoir about sibling rivalry, questioning faith, teenage romance, and life in blustery Wisconsin. Copies of Blankets 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


North Branch Book Group: The Blazing World by Siri Hustvedt

titleThursday, March 26, 7 pm, North Branch

Disappointed with the critical response to her work, Harriet Burden, an installation artist, determines that for the next five years she will present her work under three male pseudonyms. Told through a series of notebook entries, statements, reviews and transcripts, The Blazing World explores more than gender bias, and the story takes a sinister turn.

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


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