BRIT LIT or more precisely THE BOOKER PRIZE DISCUSSION GROUP meets at 7:00 p.m. in the library on the fourth Wednesday of each month. Since 1969, the “Booker Prize” has been awarded to the best full-length novel written in English by a citizen of the UK, the Commonwealth, Eire, Pakistan, or South Africa.
• April 23, 2014 – The Map of Love by Ahdaf Soueif
The story begins in 1977 in New York. There Isabel Parkman discovers an old trunk full of documents–some in English, some in Arabic–in her dying mother’s apartment. Incapable of deciphering this stash by herself, she turns to Omar al-Ghamrawi, a man with whom she is falling in love. And Omar directs her in turn to his sister Amal in Cairo. Together the two women begin to uncover the stories embedded in the journal of Lady Anna Winterbourne, who traveled to Egypt in 1900, and fell in love with Sharif Pasha al-Barudi, an Egyptian nationalist.
• May 28, 2014 – Our Fathers by Andrew O’Hagan
• June 25, 2014 – The Restraint of Beasts by Magnus Mills
• July 23, 2014 – The Riders by Tim Winton
THE FIRST MONDAY BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP meets at 7:00 p.m. in the library on the first Monday of each month to discuss titles selected by members of the group.
• May 5, 2014 – Round House by Louise Erdrich
An Ojibwe lawyer named Joe Coutts recalls his 13th boyhood summer. Joe’s position as the only child of tribal judge Bazil Coutts and tribal clerk Geraldine Coutts kept him feeling loved and secure until his mother is brutally and sadistically raped as she attempts to retrieve a potentially damning file. Although the rapist is rather quickly identified, the location of the rape–in the vicinity of a sacred round house – lies within that “no-man’s land” where tribal courts are in charge, but the neighboring Caucasians cannot be prosecuted, no matter how heinous the crime.
• June 2, 2014 – The Dinner by Herman Koch
• July 7, 2014 – No one ever told us that by John Spooner
• Aug. 4, 2014 – The Hangman’s Daughter by Oliver Potzsch
• Sept. 8, 2014 – The Year of Fog by Michelle Richmond
• Oct. 6, 2014 – Born in Ice by Nora Roberts
• Nov. 3, 2014 – Once we were Brothers by Ronald Balson
Just pick a group that’s convenient! New members are always welcome! Copies of books for discussion are available at the information desk.