Book Group: Fiction and Films

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Book Group: Fiction and Films

Our First Selection: 'Water for Elephants'

Water for Elephants book coverOn Monday, July 16, book lovers came together to celebrate libraries and literature in the inaugural meeting of the new Fiction Lover's Book Club at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. Attendees arrived to jazz and freebies and began a conversation about their favorite books and authors.  The group also talked about new books due to be published in the fall and winter of 2012.

The group will read mostly fiction -- bestsellers, award winners, local authors, and popular favorites -- as well as nonfiction that reads like fiction or has an engaging, compelling story to tell, as part of a "Tastes Like Fiction" series.  Participants will also view a "Fiction Lover's Film Companion" series which consists of films that highlight subjects touched on in their reading. 

The group is looking forward to author appearances and some joint book discussions with other groups.  A "rainy day" space will also be established on goodreads.com to allow the group to meet online when meeting at the library is not possible, due to inclement weather or holidays.

Fiction Lovers Book Club meetings

The group will meet on the first Monday of most months at 6:30 p.m. in Room 221, on the second floor of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.  First up is the reader favorite Water for Elephants, by Sara Gruen, to be discussed on Monday, Aug. 20.  This will be followed by The Tiger's Wife by Tea Obreht on Monday, Sept. 17 and Enrique's Journey by Sonia Nazario on Monday, Oct. 15.

(Check out our interactive reading guide for Water for Elephants.)

Fiction Lovers Film Companion series

A Circus Girl photo

The first screening of "The Fiction Lover's Film Companion" will premiere as part of the Popular Movies Series.  Some Like it Hot will be shown on Tuesday, Aug. 28 at 6 p.m. in Room A-5, on the lower level. Set in 1929, this Billy Wilder film, starring Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon, and Tony Curtis,  tells the comic tale of two musicians who hide from gangsters by posing as members of an all-girl band. There, they meet a woman who is also running from her past and who is seeking a millionaire to secure her future.

Films in the series will be generally be shown on the fourth Monday of most months.  In some cases, the film version of the book the group has read will be the one screened.

"Tastes Like Fiction" Nonfiction selections

The "Tastes Like Fiction" series acknowledges the fact that many fiction lovers also love engaging or riveting nonfiction works.  The first in this series is Enrique's Journey, by Sonia Nazario to be discussed in October.   The book tells the true story of of a teenager's dangerous and solitary trek to reunite with his absent mother who'd left Honduras years before to earn a living in the United States, and is based on a series of Pulitzer Prize-winning Los Angeles Times articles.

Author Appearances

Future plans include Skype and in-person author appearances in the Great Hall, some as part of a scheduled book discussion, to which the public will be invited to attend.