Book Talks Book Club
Wed Sept 27th
Pandora’s Collective and Britannia Library Present
BOOK TALKS - BOOK CLUB
Join the conversation about the book. Bring your favourite passages, points of interest, and share your reading experiences. Each person is responsible for either borrowing or buying their own copy to read.
Time: 6:15 - 7:45 pm
Sept 27th: The Library Book by Susan Orlean
On the morning of April 28, 1986, a fire alarm sounded in the Los Angeles Public Library. The fire was disastrous: it reached two thousand degrees and burned for more than seven hours. By the time it was extinguished, it had consumed four hundred thousand books and damaged seven hundred thousand more. Investigators descended on the scene, but more than thirty years later, the mystery remains: Did someone purposefully set fire to the library—and if so, who?
Weaving her lifelong love of books and reading into an investigation of the fire, award-winning New Yorker reporter and New York Times bestselling author Susan Orlean delivers a “delightful…reflection on the past, present, and future of libraries in America” (New York magazine) that manages to tell the broader story of libraries and librarians in a way that has never been done before.
In the “exquisitely written, consistently entertaining” (The New York Times) The Library Book, Orlean chronicles the LAPL fire and its aftermath to showcase the larger, crucial role that libraries play in our lives; delves into the evolution of libraries; brings each department of the library to vivid life; studies arson and attempts to burn a copy of a book herself; and reexamines the case of Harry Peak, the blond-haired actor long suspected of setting fire to the LAPL more than thirty years ago.
“A book lover’s dream…an ambitiously researched, elegantly written book that serves as a portal into a place of history, drama, culture, and stories” (Star Tribune, Minneapolis), Susan Orlean’s thrilling journey through the stacks reveals how these beloved institutions provide much more than just books—and why they remain an essential part of the heart, mind, and soul of our country. - Amazon.ca
Upcoming book club meetings:
Oct 25th: The Book of Goose by Yiyun Li
Nov 22nd: Finding the Mother Tree: Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest by Suzanne Simard
Dec - off for the holidays
Jan 24th: The Henna Artist by Alka Joshi
Feb 28th: Haben: The Deafblind Woman Who Conquered Harvard Law by Haben Girma
Mar 27th: We Measure the Earth With Our Bodies by Tsering Yangzom Lama
April 24th: Humankind: A Hopeful History by Rutger Bregman
May 22nd: Ducks: Two Years in the Oil Sands by Kate Beaton
June 26th: The Years by Annie Ernaux
July 24th: Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver
Aug 28th: Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner
Sept 25th: Book Recommendation Night
Oct 23rd: A Little Life Paperback by Hanya Yanagihara
Hosts: Mary Duffy, Sita Carboni, Natasha Boskic
Location: Britannia Library Meeting Room. 1661 Napier Street, Vancouver, BC