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Modern Classics Book Club

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Country Hills Community Library
CH Computer Lab
Modern Classics? Think works by Harper Lee, Ray Bradbury, Alice Munro - and so many more! Join us for discussions about titles, of all genres, that have shaped current literature. New members always welcome.

We will discuss The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath.


When Esther Greenwood wins an internship on a New York fashion magazine in 1953, she is elated, believing she will finally realize her dream to become a writer. But in between the cocktail parties and piles of manuscripts, Esther's life begins to slide out of control. She finds herself spiraling into serious depression as she grapples with difficult relationships and a society which refuses to take her aspirations seriously.

The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath's only novel, was originally published in 1963 under the pseudonym Victoria Lucas. The novel is partially based on Plath's own life and descent into mental illness, and has become a modern classic.

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Coffee and Crime Book Club

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Death of Mrs Westaway by Ruth Ware
Central Library
Boardroom B
Does a good mystery capture your interest? Join the discussion about a different mystery, suspense, true crime or crime novel each month. New members always welcome.

Registration required. The first 8 people to register will receive a copy of the book to borrow.

In September we are reading The Death of Mrs Westaway by Ruth Ware.

Harriet Westaway--better known as Hal--makes ends meet as a tarot reader, but she doesn't believe in the power of her trade. On a day that begins like any other, she receives a mysterious and unexpected letter bequeathing her a substantial inheritance. She realizes quickly that the letter was sent to the wrong person--but she also knows that she can use her cold-reading skills to potentially claim the money. Hal attends the funeral of the deceased and meets the family ... but it dawns on her that there is something very, very wrong about this strange situation and that the inheritance is at the center of it.

In October we will be reading Down the river unto the sea by Walter Mosley.
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Book Club Social

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Central Library
Meeting Room D+E

Join other book lovers to talk books, and get ideas for your next book club picks! All book clubs and individuals who love to talk books are welcome. Light refreshments will be served.

Registration required.

Find out more, or register your book club by contacting Aleida at MayWeSuggest@kpl.org, or 519-743-0271. 

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Grand Reads Book Club

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Grand River Stanley Park Community Library
GR Meeting Room
The Home for Unwanted Girls by Joanna Goodman

Join us for a great discussion on a work of fiction. Each month we'll read a different title from a variety of genres and authors. New members always welcome.

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Modern Classics Book Club

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Country Hills Community Library
CH Meeting Room
Modern Classics? Think works by Harper Lee, Ray Bradbury, Alice Munro - and so many more! Join us for discussions about titles, of all genres, that have shaped current literature. New members always welcome.

We will discuss The Beauty of the Humanity Movement by Camilla Gibb

The history of Vietnam lies in this bowl, for it is in Hanoi, the Vietnamese heart, that pho was born, a combination of the rice noodles that predominated after a thousand years of Chinese occupation and the taste for beef the Vietnamese acquired under the French, who turned their cows away from ploughs and into bifteck and pot-au-feu . The name of their national soup is pronounced like this French word for fire, as Hung's Uncle Chien explained to him long ago.   "We're clever people," his uncle had said. "We took the best the occupiers had to offer and made it our own. Fish sauce is the key--in matters of soup and well beyond. Even romance, some people say."   --from The Beauty of Humanity Movement (p 5) by Camilla Gibb   Old Man Hu'ng has been making and selling pho to hungry devotees for nearly 70 years, continually adapting his recipe and the location of his food cart to accommodate the terrible demands of poverty, war and oppression that have plagued Hanoi throughout his long life. Cherished least of all his mother's ten children thanks to an inauspicious facial birthmark, Hu'ng was sent in 1933 to apprentice at his Uncle Chien's restaurant where he achieved mastery over broth and noodles. Inheriting the business from his uncle, Hu'ng's sublime cookery and willingness to barter made him a favourite in the 1950s with the Beauty of Humanity Movement, a group of artists and intellectuals who dared question Communist rule, at great peril.   Heading the Movement was Dao, a poet whose young son Binh would shadow Hu'ng at the restaurant, hungry not for noodles but for the attention that his own revolutionary father was too distracted to provide. When Dao was inevitably arrested, Binh's mother whisked the boy into hiding, blinding him in one eye to avoid conscription. Hu'ng was forced to close his restaurant, but not knowing any other life's work, he persisted in making and selling pho by pushing a food cart through the city, even when forced to make his noodles with scavenged pond weeds.   Fifty years later, Binh is a middle-class Hanoi carpenter who once again consumes daily bowls of Hu'ng's pho, following the old man to whatever location he has moved to in order to evade police beatings. Binh tries valiantly to protect Hu'ng, the gentle old man who is as close to a father as he has ever known. By extension Hu'ng is also a grandfather to Binh's son Tu', a somewhat aimless Nike-shod tour guide who wears his clothes and hair in modern fashion, and yet whose spirited idealism reminds Hu'ng of his revolutionist grandfather.   Then one day Hu'ng's improvised pho stand is visited by a beautiful stranger, Maggie, a foreign-raised Vietnamese art curator who was spirited out of Hanoi as a child during the fall of Saigon. Her artist father disappeared in those tumultuous times, and Maggie has returned to the country of her birth to learn his fate. Hearing of Hu'ng's reputation, she has come to plead for answers--did he know her father? Hu'ng's memory is failing, but he dearly wants to help this young woman, whose beauty sends him back to a time long ago, when he loved a girl whose betrayal he has never forgiven. . .   Steeped in rich and highly evocative language, Camilla Gibb's The Beauty of Humanity Movement is a nuanced and gentle paean for Vietnam, a poignant testament to the strength and resiliency of love and art in overcoming terrible hardship.
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Registration begins 8/28/2019 at 9:00 AM

Coffee and Crime Book Club

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Down the river unto the sea
Central Library
Boardroom B
Does a good mystery capture your interest? Join the discussion about a different mystery, suspense, true crime or crime novel each month. New members always welcome.

Registration required. The first 8 people to register will receive a copy of the book to borrow.

In October we are reading Down the river unto the sea by Walter Mosley.

Joe King Oliver was one of the NYPD's finest investigators, until, dispatched to arrest a well-heeled car thief, he is framed for assault by his enemies within the NYPD, a charge which lands him in solitary at Rikers Island.

A decade later, King is a private detective, running his agency with the help of his teenage daughter, Aja-Denise. Broken by the brutality he suffered and committed in equal measure while behind bars, his work and his daughter are the only light in his solitary life. When he receives a card in the mail from the woman who admits she was paid to frame him those years ago, King realizes that he has no choice but to take his own case: figuring out who on the force wanted him disposed of--and why.

In November we will be reading The unquiet dead by Ausma Zehanat Khan.

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The Reading Lounge

11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Central Library
Lounge
Re-discover your love of storytelling! Come and relax in our Reading Lounge while exercising your imagination. Sit back and enjoy short stories for all ages read in the lounge by an enthusiastic library staff member. 
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Registration begins 9/4/2019 at 9:00 AM

Hooked on Books

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Pioneer Park Community Library
PP Meeting Room
Join us to chat about notable and thought-provoking titles. Each month we will gather for a lighthearted discussion about books from a variety of genres and authors. New members welcome.

This month's pick: Kristin Hannah's The Great Alone

In this unforgettable portrait of human frailty and resilience, Kristin Hannah reveals the indomitable character of the modern American pioneer and the spirit of a vanishing Alaska - a place of incomparable beauty and danger. The Great Alone is a daring, beautiful, stay-up-all-night story about love and loss, the fight for survival, and the wildness that lives in both man and nature.

Wednesday Oct 9 @ 2 pm

Registration required. The first 8 registrants will receive a copy of the book to borrow.
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Reading Central Book Club

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
This is how it always is
Central Library
Boardroom B
Join us for a great discussion! Each month we will read a new title from a variety of genres and authors. New members are always welcome.

Registration required.

In October we are reading This is how it always is by Laurie Frankel.

This is how a family keeps a secret...and how that secret ends up keeping them.

This is how a family lives happily ever after...until happily ever after becomes complicated.

This is how children change...and then change the world.

This is Claude. He's five years old, the youngest of five brothers, and loves peanut butter sandwiches. He also loves wearing a dress, and dreams of being a princess.

When he grows up, Claude says, he wants to be a girl.

Rosie and Penn want Claude to be whoever Claude wants to be. They're just not sure they're ready to share that with the world. Soon the entire family is keeping Claude's secret. Until one day it explodes.


Laurie Frankel's This Is How It Always Is is a novel about revelations, transformations, fairy tales, and family. And it's about the ways this is how it always is: Change is always hard and miraculous and hard again, parenting is always a leap into the unknown with crossed fingers and full hearts, children grow but not always according to plan. And families with secrets don't get to keep them forever.


In November we will be reading Forgiveness by Mark Sakamoto.


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Grand Reads Book Club

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Grand River Stanley Park Community Library
GR Seminar Room
The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

Join us for a great discussion on a work of fiction. Each month we'll read a different title from a variety of genres and authors. New members always welcome.

Registration required.
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