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October 2019

Book Discussion: The Line Becomes A River by Francisco Cantu

October 15
7:00 pm

Part of the Border Crossing series. A book of short stories, a memoir and two novels bring us to present day consideration of migration, immigration and refuge. Read More »

Book Discussion: The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams

October 21
7:00 pm

Part of the Memorable Memoirs series. Memoirs come in all shapes and sizes, but they all have one thing in common: They are not autobiographies. Rather than a straight chronology of the author’s life, memoirs hone in on a specific feature of that life. The memoirs in this series use both traditional and unconventional formats to do just that. Read More »

Book Discussion: Another Turn of the Crank by Wendell Berry

October 24
7:00 pm

Part of the Sustainability series. Join Rochester Public Library to discuss Wendell Berry's Another Turn of the Crank, a collection of essays focusing on the importance of local communities, sustainability, and stewardship. Books available on loan in advance at the library. Read More »

November 2019

Reading and Discussion: The Constitution of the United States

November 4
4:30 pm

Part of the Seminal Statements of American Values series. Founding documents and landmark speeches help us to understand America's operating principles and values—what they mean, how well we practice what we preach, and what relationship words have to action in good times and bad. Read More »

Reading and Discussion: Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address

November 4
7:00 pm

Part of the Seminal Statements of American Values series. Founding documents and landmark speeches help us understand America's operating principles and values—what they mean, how well we practice what we preach, and what relationship words have to action in good times and bad. Read More »

Book Discussion: Summer by Edith Wharton

November 9
3:00 pm
Varnum Memorial Library, Jeffersonville

Part of the Romantic Ideal series. The characters in these works seek out their ideal of love, happiness, and fulfillment with consequences that are by turns bittersweet, tragic, noble, unconventional, and even comic. But can an ideal ever be met? Read More »

Book Discussion: The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood

November 10
1:30 pm

Part of the Booker Prize Winners series. Established in 1968, England's Booker Prize is awarded annually to a citizen of the U.K., the Commonwealth, Ireland, Pakistan, or South Africa who has written the year's best novel according to a panel of critics, writers, and academics. In a short 35 years, the Booker has achieved an air of dignity and respect that rivals even the 86-year-old Pulitzer Prize. Read More »

Book Discussion: A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers

November 11
7:00 pm

Part of the Memorable Memoirs series. Memoirs come in all shapes and sizes, but they all have one thing in common: They are not autobiographies. Rather than a straight chronology of the author’s life, memoirs hone in on a specific feature of that life. The memoirs in this series use both traditional and unconventional formats to do just that. Read More »

Book Discussion: Crossers by Philip Caputo

November 12
7:00 pm

Part of the Border Crossing series. A book of short stories, a memoir and two novels bring us to present day consideration of migration, immigration and refuge. Read More »

December 2019

Reading and Discussion: The Declaration of Independence

December 2
4:30 pm

Part of the Seminal Statements of American Values series. Founding documents and landmark speeches help us to understand America's operating principles and values—what they mean, how well we practice what we preach, and what relationship words have to action in good times and bad. Read More »

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