Book Discussions

CAMS Book Group: Finding Nouf


Monday, August 29, 7 pm, Chicago Avenue & Main Street Branch

Days before her wedding, Nouf goes missing. Desert guide Nayir is brought in to find her. When her body is found in the desert with signs of drowning, it raises more questions. In his search for the truth, Nayir enlists the help of Katya, a lab worker in the coroner's office. Each must overcome their own prejudices if they are to find the answers. Copies of Finding Nouf are available at the Chicago Avenue & Main Street Branch. Stop in or call, (847) 905-0764, to reserve a copy.




Keepinitreal: The Stranger and the Statesman

titleTuesday, August 30, 7 pm, Seminar Room, 3rd Floor, Main Library

In this illuminating and dramatic biography, Nina Burleigh reveals a little-known slice of social and intellectual history in the life and times of the man responsible for the creation of the United States' principal cultural institution, the Smithsonian. It was one of the nineteenth century's greatest philanthropic gifts -- and one of its most puzzling mysteries. In 1829, a wealthy English naturalist named James Smithson left his library, mineral collection, and entire fortune to the "United States of America, to found ... an establishment for the increase & diffusion of Knowledge among men" -- even though he had never visited the United States or known any Americans.

Copies of The Stranger and the Statesman 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.


Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Discussion Group: Neuromancer

titleWednesday, September 7, 7 pm, 3rd Floor Seminar Room, Main Library

The Evanston Public Library Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Discussion Group will meet to discuss Neuromancer, by William Gibson.

The award-sweeping novel that kicked off the cyberpunk genre!  Case had been the sharpest data-thief in the business, until vengeful former employers crippled his nervous system. But now a new and very mysterious employer recruits him for a last-chance run. The target: an unthinkably powerful artificial intelligence orbiting Earth in service of a sinister business clan. 



League of Graphic Novel Readers: The Sandman: Preludes & Nocturnes


Tuesday, September 13, 6pm, Comix Revolution, 606 Davis Street

The League of Graphic Novel Readers will read The Sandman: Preludes & Nocturnes, Neil Gaiman
The first collection from one of the most celebrated of graphic novels, weaving together ancient mythology, folklore and fairy tales. Copies of The Sandman: Preludes & Nocturnes 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: War Against All Puerto Ricans / Guerra contra todos los puertorriqueños

altWednesday, September 14, 7 pm, 3rd Floor Seminar Room, Main Library

In 1950, after decades of military occupation & colonial rule, the Nationalist Party of Puerto Rico staged an unsuccessful armed insurrection against the U.S.  Violence swept through the island: assassins were sent to kill the president, gunfights roared in towns, police stations & post offices were burned down. To suppress the uprising, the U.S. Army deployed troops and—for the first time in history— bombarded its own citizens. Through interviews, eyewitness accounts & congressional testimony, War Against All Puerto Ricans tells the story of a forgotten revolution.

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 Nelson A. Denis' War Against All Puerto Ricans (Spanish: Guerra contra todos los puertorriqueños) will be held at the 2nd floor Readers Services Desk two months before the discussion. Call to register at (847) 448-8620!


African American Literature Discussion: The South Side


Tuesday, September 20, 7 pm, Main Library, Small Meeting Room 

A proud South Side native and South Side bureau reporter for Chicago's NPR station, WBEZ, Natalie Moore seeks to dispel misconceptions about this large and diverse community, the heart of black America and a prime example of the consequences of persistent racial segregation. Moore tells the story of her African American family and their invisible lives in a middle-class neighborhood, a veritable black cocoon. Their experiences play in counterpoint to her thoughtful and clarifying investigation into the  chronic economic and social afflictions plaguing most of the South Side and other segregated urban areas across the country. Moore vividly, even poetically, describes neighborhood scenes bright and bleak; by bringing the South Side into focus as a place people cherish as home in spite of systematically racist obstacles to their well-being, Moore refines our perception of the realities of segregation and the many possible paths to change.

 Copies of The South Side 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.  

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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