The passionate prose posse known as the Crandall Public Library Monday Evening Book Discussion Group gathered on March 16, 2012 to celebrate author Julia Glass’s lovely novel The Widower’s Tale. Opinions were strongly divided on the work, which made for a crackling conversation. Topics touched on include the writing process, the nebulous nature of literature, and the prevalence of modern day witch hunts.
As ever, I am looking forward to our next get-together, which is scheduled for May 21, 2012. We will be discussing Emma Donoghue’s haunting novel Room. Please proceed with caution, this a powerful and moving work of fiction, far different from our normal fare. As Audrey Niffennegger eloquently elucidates:
Emma Donoghue’s writing is superb alchemy, changing innocence into horror and horror into tenderness. Room is a book to read in one sitting. When it’s over you look up: the world looks the same but you are somehow different and that feeling lingers for days.
Still not convinced? Maybe the trailer below will help you make-up your mind.
Select Julia Glass via the Library System
Wednesday Evening Book Discussion Group
I am pleased to announce that the Wednesday Evening Book Group will be discussing The Help. The event will be moderated by librarian Jennifer Boyer, and will take place on Wednesday May 2, 2012 at 6:30 in the Crandall Room. Both the novel and the resulting movie have been smashing successes, and I predict a similar fate for the book discussion. As Entertainment Weekly gushes:
“It’s graceful and real, a compulsively readable story of three women who watch the Mississippi ground shifting beneath their feet as the words of men like Martin Luther King Jr. and Bob Dylan pervade their genteel town. When folks at your book club wonder what to read next month, go on and pitch this wholly satisfying novel with confidence.”
For those of you who are also interested in viewing the film, we have a screening scheduled for 6:30 on Tuesday, June 5. It’s a part of Crandall’s ongoing Tuesday night film series and it’s sure to be well attended.