Book Clubs & Discussions
Meet the first Monday of the month at 2 p.m. in the Lindamood Room, unless otherwise noted.
The Meet Cute Book Discussion
Meet the first Wednesday of every other month at 7 p.m. in Blanchard Room, unless otherwise noted.
October 5: “Shades of Wicked” by Jeaniene Frost Learn More Here!
Lit Lovers Book Discussion
Meet the second Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m. in the Lindamood Room
Bows & Blasters Book Discussion Group
Meet the second Wednesday of the month at 6 p.m. in the Blanchard Room. Join the Facebook group here!
Gentle Reads Book Discussion
Meet the second Thursday of the month at 2 p.m. in the Lindamood Room.
Monday Afternoon Book Discussion
Meet the third Monday of the month at 1 p.m. on Zoom. Register using the links below to receive the Zoom link.
50 North Book Discussion
Meet the third Thursday of the month at 10 a.m. at 50 North, 339 E. Melrose Ave.
Virtual Author Talks
October 13, 4 – 5 p.m.: “Not Nice: Stop People Pleasing” by Dr. Aziz Gazipura
One of the world’s leading experts on social confidence as he discusses how to stop being too nice and worrying about what others might think. This talk will teach participants that the opposite of nice is not mean but rather real. You’ll learn how to say “no” when you want and need to, confidently ask for what you want and eliminate feelings of guilt, anxiety, and worry about what others will think. Register online for this event
October 18, 7 – 8 p.m.: “Where The Children Take Us” by Zain E. Asher
In Where the Children Take Us, CNN Anchor Zain E. Asher, tells the story of her mother’s harrowing fight to raise four children as a widowed immigrant in South London. There is tragedy in this tale, but it is not a tragedy. Drawing on tough-love parenting strategies, Obiajulu Ejiofor teaches her sons and daughters to overcome the daily pressures of poverty, crime and prejudice-and much more. With her relentless support, the children exceed all expectations – a CNN anchor, an Oscar-nominated actor, a medical doctor, and a thriving entrepreneur. Register online for this event
October 25, 7 – 9 p.m.: “The Diamond Eye” by Kate Quinn
Historical fiction writer Kate Quinn discusses her newest release, The Diamond Eye, and her other works. Quinn is the author of several New York Times bestsellers, including The Alice Network, The Huntress, and The Rose Code. Quinn’s latest book, The Diamond Eye, offers an unforgettable World War II tale of a quiet bookworm who becomes history’s deadliest female sniper. The Diamond Eye is a haunting novel of heroism born of desperation, of a woman and mother who became a soldier and who found her place in the world that changed the course of history forever. Register online for this event
November 2, 4 p.m.: “The Extraordinary Story of the Founding Mothers of NPR” by Lisa Napoli
Highly acclaimed writer, broadcaster, and speaker Lisa Napoli discusses her biography of the four women whose voices defined NPR, “Susan, Linda, Nina, and Cokie: The Extraordinary Story of the Founding Mothers of NPR”. In addition to this biography, Lisa Napoli has also authored Radio Shangri-La, Ray & Joan, and Up All Night. Register online for this event
November 10, 2 p.m.: “Lessons in Chemistry” by Bonnie Garmus
Join debut author Bonnie Garmus as she discusses her New York Times bestselling novel “Lessons in Chemistry”. Set in 1960s California and featuring the singular voice of Chemist Elizabeth Zott, a scientist whose career takes an unexpected detour after she falls in love, leaving her a single mother and the reluctant star of America’s most beloved cookie show, Supper at Six. But Elizabeth Zott isn’t just teaching women to cook. She’s daring them to change the status quo, which leaves many unhappy. Register online for this event here.
November 15, Noon: “How to Have Difficult Conversations About Race: Practical Tools for Necessary Change in the Workplace and Beyond” with Kwame Christian
How to Have Difficult Conversations About Race helps readers gain the confidence to not only talk about race, but actually make a difference when you do. Negotiation expert Kwame Christian’s motto is: “The best things in life are on the other side of difficult conversations.” If you’ve ever struggled to turn that passion into persuasion, or been too afraid to speak up at work (or outside of it), this talk is for you. The first step toward lasting social change is productive discussion. With Kwame Christian guiding you, you’ll never shy away from those important conversations again–instead approaching them with courage and conviction. Register online for this event here
December 6, 7 p.m.: “Horse” by Geraldine Brooks
Highly-acclaimed and award winning novelist, Geraldine Brooks will discuss her most recent New York Times Bestselling novel Horse. Brooks braids a sweeping story of spirit, obsession, and injustice across American history. Set in multiple timelines, this book follows the remarkable true story of the record-breaking thoroughbred Lexington, Horse is a novel of art and science, love and obsession, and our unfinished reckoning with racism. Register online for this event here
December 14: “Covered with Night” by Nicole Eustace
Explore early-American history during an online afternoon conversation with Pulitzer Prize winning historian Nicole Eustace as she discusses her 2022 award winning book “Covered With Night: A Story of Murder and Indigenous Justice in Early America.”. In this novel Nicole Eustace reconstructs the virtually forgotten attack on an Indigenous hunter by two white fur traders, which set into motion a series of criminal investigations and cross-cultural negotiations that challenged the definition of justice in early America, and its aftermath. Register online for this event here
January 12, 2 p.m.: “The Merciless Ones” by Namina Forna
New York Times bestselling author of The Gilded Ones Series in a discussion about her second installment in the series, “The Merciless Ones”. The sequel picks up six months after the conclusion of the first novel, with 16-year-old Deka celebrating her self-discovery and her victories in the first novel, however a war is waging and a dark force is growing in the ancient kingdom of Otera. With her own gifts changing, Deka must discover if she holds the key to saving Otera… or if she might be its greatest threat. Register online for this event here
January 17, 2 p.m.: “Decluttering at the Speed of Life” by Dana K. White
Start your new year calm and collected by learning to become better organized and clutter-free with Dana K. White, creator of popular podcast and blog, A Slob Comes Clean, as she imparts tips from her books Organizing for the Rest of Us and Decluttering at the Speed of Life. In this book Dana White’s humor and practical, reality-based tips will give you exactly what you need to start making an impact on your space. Register online for this event here
January 31, 2 p.m.: “What If? 2” by Randall Munroe
The millions of people around the world who read and loved What If? still have questions, and those questions are getting stranger. Thank goodness xkcd creator Randall Munroe is here to help. Filled with bonkers science, boundless curiosity, and Randall’s signature stick-figure comics, What if? 2 provides his best answers yet to the weirdest questions you never thought to ask. Register online for this event here