Hear what others think about a book, and then share your own ideas. You don’t have to create a book club to do it, because The Malden Public Library already hosts two discussion groups:
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. As of September 2013, selection for the “longlist” has been opened to American authors.
• Feb. 25, 2015 – When we were orphans by Kazuo Ishiguro
Born in early-twentieth-century Shanghai, Banks was orphaned at the age of nine after the separate disappearances of his parents. Now, more than twenty years later, he is a celebrated figure in London society; yet the investigative expertise that has garnered him fame has done little to illuminate the circumstances of his parents’ alleged kidnappings. Banks travels to the seething, labyrinthine city of his memory in hopes of solving the mystery of his own, painful past.
• Mar. 25, 2015 – The Hiding Place by Trezza Azzopardi
• Apr. 22, 2015 – The Dark Room by Rachel Seiffert
• May 27, 2015 – The Story of Lucy Gault by William Trevor
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.
• Mar. 2, 2015 – People of the Book by Gwendolyn Brooks
This ambitious, electrifying work traces the harrowing journey of the famed Sarajevo Haggadah, a beautifully illuminated Hebrew manuscript created in fifteenth-century Spain. When it falls to Hanna Heath, an Australian rare-book expert, to conserve this priceless work, the series of tiny artifacts she discovers in its ancient binding–an insect wing fragment, wine stains, salt crystals, a white hair–only begin to unlock its deep mysteries and unexpectedly plunges Hanna into the intrigues of fine art forgers and ultra-nationalist fanatics.
• Apr. 6, 2015 – Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
• May 4, 2015 – State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
Just pick a group that’s convenient! New members are always welcome! Copies of books for discussion are available at the information desk.