Book Discussions

CAMS Book Group: The Autobiography of Malcolm X


Monday, September  26, 7 pm, Chicago Avenue & Main Street Branch

Malcolm X and Alex Haley collaborated for two years on this book. Time magazine declared it on one of the ten most important books of the twentieth century. It traces his impoverished childhood in Michigan to his life changing encounter with Muslim leader Elijah Muhammad. Copies of The Autobiography of Malcolm X are available at the Chicago Avenue & Main Street Branch. Stop in or call, (847) 905-0764, to reserve a copy.



Keepinitreal: The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu

titleTuesday, September 27, 7 pm, Seminar Room, 3rd Floor, Main Library

In the 1980s, a young adventurer and collector for a government library, Abdel Kader Haidara, journeyed across the Sahara Desert and along the Niger River, tracking down and salvaging tens of thousands of ancient Islamic and secular manuscripts that had fallen into obscurity. This book tells the incredible story of how Haidara, a mild-mannered archivist and historian from the legendary city of Timbuktu, later became one of the world’s greatest and most brazen smugglers.

In 2012, thousands of Al Qaeda militants from northwest Africa seized control of most of Mali, including Timbuktu. They imposed Sharia law, chopped off the hands of accused thieves, stoned to death unmarried couples, and threatened to destroy the great manuscripts. As the militants tightened their control over Timbuktu, Haidara organized a dangerous operation to sneak all 350,000 volumes out of the city to the safety of southern Mali.

Copies of The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu 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: The Golem and the Jinni

titleThursday, September 29, 7 pm, North Branch

Join us on the last Thursday of most months for a thoughtful discussion of fiction and nonfiction titles. In September, we will discuss Helene Wecker's debut novel, The Golem and the Jinni. Two mythical characters from different cultures collide at the end of the 1800's in this fable. Copies of the book will be available at the North Branch four weeks before the discussion. Register for an email reminder. 


League of Graphic Novel Readers: Tomboy


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

The League of Graphic Novel Readers will read Tomboy, by Liz Prince, a memoir about gender and growing up, which explores the author’s ever-evolving struggles and wishes regarding what it means to "be a girl." Copies of Tomboy 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.



Latin@ Literature Discussion Group: The Body Where I was Born / El cuerpo en que nací

altWednesday, October 12, 7 pm, 3rd Floor Seminar Room, Main Library

From a psychoanalyst's couch, the narrator looks back on her bizarre childhood. She was born with an abnormality and her family is intent on fixing it. In a world without the time and space for innocence, she intimately recalls her younger self—a fierce and discerning girl open to life’s pleasures and keen to its ruthless cycle of tragedy. With raw language and a brilliant sense of humor, Nettel strings together hard-won, unwieldy memories—taking us from Mexico City to France, and back again—to create a portrait of the artist as a young girl.

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 Guadalupe Nettel's The Body Where I was Born (Spanish: El cuerpo en que nací) will be held at the 2nd floor Readers Services Desk one month before the discussion. Call to register at (847) 448-8620!


African American Literature Discussion: United


Tuesday, October 25, 7 pm,  Gibbs-Morrison Cultural Center, 1823 Church St, Evanston

This first book by Cory Booker, the junior senator from New Jersey and one of the rising stars nationally of the Democratic Party,provides a multifaceted exploration of the many moments and people who have left an indelible mark on him and his political career. Booker shows how other people are instrumental in success as a leader, including in his case his father, the community leaders and activists who mentored him over years, and even the people he has lost or let down. Both within his home state and via his social media presence, Booker has become known for his positive, approachable manner, and this work, which blends memoir and politics is written in that voice.

 Copies of United will be held at the 2nd floor desk. Please call 847-448-8620 to register and to get a copy. For more information, including related  interviews, videos and other websites, see the AAL blog.  

For more info on this month's discussion and on related events, check out our blog, and our new monthly newsletter, African American Interest.


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