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Starting in October 2017, we will have two Book Clubs: the Contemporary Book Discussion Group which will continue meet on the 4th Tuesday of the month at 7 PM and Tuesdays Are Murder which will meet the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 7 PM. Everyone is invited to attend.

Tuesdays Are Murder will be a True Crime and Murder Mystery Book Club. For more information, please contact Amelia at 298-3080, ext. 1716 or

For the Contemporary Book Discussion Group, we will read books that are recent and have gathered critical praise, as seen in the pages of major newspapers (New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, etc.) and by book awards (National Book Award, Pulitzer, Mann Prize, etc.).  We may even sneak in a "classic" if it appeals to the group. 

If you have any questions, please contact Mark at 298-3080, ext. 1707 or

Below is the schedule of reading and links to information about the author and reviews of the books.


margot lee shetterly 

 We had a wonderful discussion for Hidden Figures on Saturday, July 22nd.  Thank you for everyone who came and shared their thoughts and stories about the book.

We played a portion of an interview with Katherine Johnson at the beginning of the discussion.  Click here for to see the entire interview.

Also, one of our participants mentioned the Pinellas County African American History Museum.  This is their contact information:

1101 Marshall Street
Clearwater, FL 33760
Tours by Appointment
Contact: Sandra Rooks at 727-480-7572

Copies of the book will be available at the Reference Desk.

Author's website:

Author Interview with LA Review of Books

New York Times Review

Kirkus Review

 paulette jiles

 On Tuesday, August 22nd, at 7 PM, we will News of the World by Paulette Jiles. In 1870 Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd is hired to bring ten year old Johannna, who had been captured four years earlier and raised by a band of Kiowa Indians, from Wichita Falls to San Antonio, Texas. Their 400-mile journey south proves difficult and dangerous. The girl has forgotten the English language, tries to escape at every opportunity, throws away her shoes, and refuses to act “civilized.” Yet as the miles pass, the two lonely survivors tentatively begin to trust each other, forging a bond that marks the difference between life and death in this treacherous land. News of the World is a brilliant work of historical fiction that explores the boundaries of family, responsibility, honor, and trust.

Links of Interest:

Author's website:

New York Times Review

Washington Post Review


 Jane Gardam

 On Tuesday, September 26th, at 7:00 PM we will Old Filth by Jane Gardam. Sir Edward Feathers has had a brilliant career, from his early days as a lawyer in Southeast Asia, where he earned the nickname Old Filth (FILTH being an acronym for Failed In London Try Hong Kong) to his final working days as a respected judge at the English bar. Yet through it all he has carried with him the wounds of a difficult and emotionally hollow childhood. Now an eighty-year-old widower living in comfortable seclusion in Dorset, Feathers is free from the work that has sustained him. He slips back into the past with ever mounting frequency and intensity, and on the tide of these vivid, lyrical musings, Feathers approaches a reckoning with his own history. Not all the old filth, it seems, can be cleaned away.

Links of Interest:

New York Times Book Review

Guardian Newspaper Book Review

Jane Gardam on Her Books (New York Times Profile)

 Ruth Ozeki

 On Tuesday, October 24th, at 7PM, we will discuss A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki. In Tokyo, sixteen-year-old Nao has decided there’s only one escape from her aching loneliness and her classmates’ bullying. But before she ends it all, Nao first plans to document the life of her great grandmother, a Buddhist nun who’s lived more than a century. A diary is Nao’s only solace—and will touch lives in ways she can scarcely imagine. Across the Pacific, we meet Ruth, a novelist living on a remote island who discovers a collection of artifacts washed ashore in a Hello Kitty lunchbox—possibly debris from the devastating 2011 tsunami. As the mystery of its contents unfolds, Ruth is pulled into the past, into Nao’s drama and her unknown fate, and forward into her own future.

Links of Interest:

Author's Website

Los Angeles Times Book Review

Washington Post Book Review

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