Book Discussions

Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Discussion Group: The Name of the Wind

titleThursday, May 5, 7 pm,  Third Floor Seminar Room, Main Library

The Evanston Public Library's Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Discussion Group will meet to discuss The Name Of The Wind, by Patrick Rothfuss. 

This award-winning debut is a high-action story written with a poet's hand.  It tells the story of Kvothe, a magically gifted young man who grows to be the most notorious wizard his world has ever seen.   An innovative and beautifully-written twist on the classic “hero’s journey” tale.



The League of Graphic Novel Readers: Arab of the Future


Tuesday, May 10, 6 pm, Comix Revolution, 606 Davis Street

The League of Graphic Novel Readers will read Arab of the Future, by Riad Sattouf. The memoir of a childhood spent in the shadows of three dictators: Muammar Gaddafi, Hafez al-Assad, and the author’s father. Copies of Arab of the Future 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 Story of My Teeth / La historia de mis dientes

altWednesday, May 11, 7-8 pm, 3rd Floor, Seminar Room, Main Library

Gustavo ‘Highway’ Sanchez is a man with a mission: he is planning to replace every last one of his unsightly teeth. He has a few skills that might help him on his way: he can imitate Janis Joplin after two rums, he can interpret Chinese fortune cookies, he can stand an egg upright on a table, and he can float on his back. And, of course, he is the world's best auction caller—although other people might not realize this, because he is, by nature, very discreet. In his quest for a perfect set of pearly whites, however, ‘Highway’ finds unusual ways to raise the funds he needs...

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 Valeria Luiselli's The Story of My Teeth (Spanish: La historia de mis dientes) 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: Jam on the Vine


Tuesday, May 17, 7 pm, Main Library, Small Meeting Room

Ivoe Williams is a brilliant young woman who grows up in Texas, the child of emancipated slaves, and despite the obstacles she faces manages to get a degree in journalism. But no newspapers will hire her because she is an African-American woman. Her frustration causes her to uproot and move to Kansas City, where she and her lover, Ona, start the first female-run African-American newspaper, examining segregation and the American prison system of the day, sometimes at great personal risk. Wonderfully vibrant, fully realized vision of the shadowy corners of America's history.

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

Check out our new monthly newsletter, African American Interest


History Book Discussion Group: The Crimean War


Wednesday, May 18, 7 pm, Seminar Room, Third Floor, Main Library

We will read The Crimean War: A History, by Orlando Figes, The history of a savage war that enmeshed four empires — British, French, Turkish, and Russian — and fixed the fault lines between Russia and Europe in ways that affect geopolitics to this day.  The Financial Times called Figes "the great storyteller of modern Russian historians.” Copies of The Crimean War will be held at the Reader's Services desk on the 2nd floor. To register call 847-448-8620 or register online



Keepinitreal: Men in Eden

titleTuesday, May 31, 7 pm, Seminar Room, 3rd Floor, Main Library

The American West of the nineteenth century was a world of freedom and adventure for men of every stripe—not least also those who admired and desired other men. Among these sojourners was William Drummond Stewart, a flamboyant Scottish nobleman who found in American culture of the 1830s and 1840s a cultural milieu of openness in which men could pursue same-sex relationships.

Copies of Men in Eden 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.

This book selection is a choice for the continuation of the LGBTQ Book Group at EPL.


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