Books and Authors

Book Discussion with Judy Levin

Judy Levin moderates a discussion of HOMEGOING by Yaa Gyasi. In her debut novel, Gyasi presents a sweeping family saga that covers 200 years and examines the slave trade among Africans beginning with two half-sisters born in eighteenth century Ghana, one sold into slavery in America, the other married to an Englishman and remaining in Ghana.

Lauren Collins - "When in French: Love in a Second Language"

Meet The Author. A language barrier is no match for love. Collins, a staff writer at "The New Yorker," discovered this firsthand when she fell for a Frenchman. But what does it mean to love someone in a second language, Collins wonders, as her relationship continues to grow entirely in English. Collins’s memoir is about the lengths we go for love, as well as an exploration across culture and history into how we learn languages and what they say about who we are.

Book Discussion with Judy Levin

Judy Levin moderates the discussion of VINEGAR GIRL by Anne Tyler. The fall discussion series kicks off with a commemoration of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death. VINEGAR GIRL is a contemporary take on The Taming of the Shrew.

The moderator, Judy, makes the following suggestions: read “The Taming of the Shrew” by Shakespeare to understand what this modern interpretation is based upon. Strong suggestion to at least read a summary of the Shakespeare play online if not the entire play. http://www.sparknotes.com/shakespeare/shrew/

Second [Third!!] Wednesday Book Discussion

Davis Schneiderman, Associate Dean of the Faculty and Professor of English at Lake Forest College leads a discussion of UNDERGROUND RAILROAD by Colson Whitehead. The metaphorical Underground Railroad is real in Whitehead's tour de force adventure tale; a story of one woman's desperate struggle to escape the horrors of slavery and a powerful meditation on the continuing journey to real freedom.

Ella Morton - "Atlas Obscura"

Meet The Author. When Joshua Foer, Ella Morton, and Dylan Thuras set out to write "Atlas Obscura: An Explorer’s Guide to the World’s Hidden Wonders," their goal was to create a catalog of all the places, people, and things that inspire our sense of wonder. The book features more than 600 of the most unusual, fascinating, and mysterious bucket-list destinations across all eight continents. Join co-author Ella Morton as she delves into the most astonishing and curious locations, sharing some of her favorites.

Readers' Round Table

Book lovers--join us for a lively conversation about authors and books. Share your favorite recent reads and recommendations. Pick up a complimentary copy of a new or forthcoming book at each meeting. For avid readers and book club leaders looking for ideas

Spanish Literary Club

Attendees will take part in lively discussions on Spanish literature, focusing on the works of notable authors. Conversations will be mostly in Spanish, but non-native speakers are welcome. Currently discussing "La Plaza del Diamante" by Merce Rodoreda.

Spanish Literary Club

Attendees will take part in lively discussions on Spanish literature, focusing on the works of notable authors. Conversations will be mostly in Spanish, but non-native speakers are welcome. Currently discussing "La Plaza del Diamante" by Merce Rodoreda.

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