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Shakespeare Festival Reads - Titus Andronicus & Timon of Athens (Modern Library Classics)

Tuesday, January 21, 7pm
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Join Shakespeare Festival Reads for a reading group discussion of Titus Andronicus & Timon of Athens (Modern Library Classics)!

Eminent Shakespearean scholars Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen provide fresh new editions of the two great tragedies: Titus Adronicus, a graphic story of revenge, and Timon of Athens, a cautionary tale about false friends and unearned loyalty.

Get Titus Andronicus & Timon of Athens (Modern Library Classics) for 20% off in store and online during the months of December and January!

Parking: Lot one block north; street parking (meters free after 7pm). For directions and public transportation information, click here.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 - 7:00pm

Well-Read Black Girl Book Club - My Sister, the Serial Killer

Monday, December 30, 7pm
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Join Well-Read Black Girl Book Club! for a reading group discussion of My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite!

Korede’s sister Ayoola is many things: the favorite child, the beautiful one, possibly sociopathic. And now Ayoola’s third boyfriend in a row is dead, stabbed through the heart with Ayoola’s knife. Korede’s practicality is the sisters’ saving grace. She knows the best solutions for cleaning blood (bleach, bleach, and more bleach), the best way to move a body (wrap it in sheets like a mummy), and she keeps Ayoola from posting pictures to Instagram when she should be mourning her “missing” boyfriend. Not that she gets any credit.

Korede has long been in love with a kind, handsome doctor at the hospital where she works. She dreams of the day when he will realize that she’s exactly what he needs. But when he asks Korede for Ayoola’s phone number, she must reckon with what her sister has become and how far she’s willing to go to protect her.

My Sister, the Serial Killer will be offered at 20% off the month before and the month of the reading group both online and in the store.

Parking: Lot one block north; street parking (meters free after 7pm). For directions and public transportation information, click here.

Monday, December 30, 2019 - 7:00pm

Reader Beware! - The Witches

Tuesday, May 12, 7pm
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Join Reader Beware! for a reading group discussion of The Witches by Roald Dahl!

This is not a fairy tale. This is about real witches.

Grandmamma loves to tell about witches. Real witches are the most dangerous of all living creatures on earth. There's nothing they hate so much as children, and they work all kinds of terrifying spells to get rid of them. Her grandson listens closely to Grandmamma's stories—but nothing can prepare him for the day he comes face-to-face with The Grand High Witch herself!

Get The Witches for 20% off in store and online during the months of April and May!

Parking: Lot one block north; street parking (meters free after 7pm). For directions and public transportation information, click here.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020 - 7:00pm

Reader Beware! - The Bloody Chamber

Tuesday, February 11, 7pm
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Join Reader Beware! for a reading group discussion of The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter!

Angela Carter was a storytelling sorceress, the literary godmother of Neil Gaiman, David Mitchell, Audrey Niffenegger, J. K. Rowling, Kelly Link, and other contemporary masters of supernatural fiction. In her masterpiece, The Bloody Chamber—which includes the story that is the basis of Neil Jordan’s 1984 movie The Company of Wolves—she spins subversively dark and sensual versions of familiar fairy tales and legends like “Little Red Riding Hood,” “Bluebeard,” “Puss in Boots,” and “Beauty and the Beast,” giving them exhilarating new life in a style steeped in the romantic trappings of the gothic tradition.

Get The Bloody Chamber for 20% off in store and online during the months of January and February!

Parking: Lot one block north; street parking (meters free after 7pm). For directions and public transportation information, click here.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - 7:00pm

Reader Beware! - The Rats

Tuesday, January 14, 7pm
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Join Reader Beware! for a reading group discussion of The Rats by James Herbert!

Out of the sewers and streets comes the biggest threat London has ever faced—rats, hungry for human flesh—in this 40th anniversary edition of the classic bestseller

It was only when the bones of the first devoured victims were discovered that the true nature and power of these swarming black creatures with their razor sharp teeth and the taste for human blood began to be realized by a panic-stricken city. For millions of years, man and rats had been natural enemies. But now, for the first time—suddenly, shockingly, horribly—the balance of power had shifted. . . This is a special 40th anniversary edition of the classic bestseller that launched horror writer James Herbert's career.

Get The Rats for 20% off in store and online during the months of December and January!

Parking: Lot one block north; street parking (meters free after 7pm). For directions and public transportation information, click here.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020 - 7:00pm

Read the Resistance - How to Be an Antiracist

Wednesday, January 22, 7pm
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Join Read the Resistance for a reading group discussion of How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi!

Antiracism is a transformative concept that reorients and reenergizes the conversation about racism—and, even more fundamentally, points us toward liberating new ways of thinking about ourselves and each other. At it's core, racism is a powerful system that creates false hierarchies of human value; its warped logic extends beyond race, from the way we regard people of different ethnicities or skin colors to the way we treat people of different sexes, gender identities, and body types. Racism intersects with class and culture and geography and even changes the way we see and value ourselves. In How to Be an Antiracist, Kendi takes readers through a widening circle of antiracist ideas—from the most basic concepts to visionary possibilites—that will help readers see all forms of racism clearly, understand their posionous consequences, and work to oppose them in our systems and in ourselves.

Kendi weaves an electrifying combination of ethics, history, law, and science with his own personal story of awakening to antiracism. This is an essential work for anyone who wants to go beyond the awareness of racism to the next step: contributing to the formation of a just and equitable society.

Get How to Be an Antiracist for 20% off in store and online during the months of December and January!

Parking: Lot one block north; street parking (meters free after 7pm). For directions and public transportation information, click here.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 - 7:00pm

Novel Ideas - Manhattan Beach

Wednesday, January 22, 12pm
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Join Novel Ideas for a reading group discussion of Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan!

Anna Kerrigan, nearly twelve years old, accompanies her father to visit Dexter Styles, a man who, she gleans, is crucial to the survival of her father and her family. She is mesmerized by the sea beyond the house and by some charged mystery between the two men.

‎Years later, her father has disappeared and the country is at war. Anna works at the Brooklyn Naval Yard, where women are allowed to hold jobs that once belonged to men, now soldiers abroad. She becomes the first female diver, the most dangerous and exclusive of occupations, repairing the ships that will help America win the war. One evening at a nightclub, she meets Dexter Styles again, and begins to understand the complexity of her father’s life, the reasons he might have vanished.

“A magnificent achievement, at once a suspenseful noir intrigue and a transporting work of lyrical beauty and emotional heft” (The Boston Globe), “Egan’s first foray into historical fiction makes you forget you’re reading historical fiction at all” (Elle). Manhattan Beach takes us into a world populated by gangsters, sailors, divers, bankers, and union men in a dazzling, propulsive exploration of a transformative moment in the lives and identities of women and men, of America and the world.

Get Manhattan Beach for 20% off in store and online during the months of December and January!

Parking: Lot one block north; street parking (meters free after 7pm). For directions and public transportation information, click here.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 - 12:00pm

Lesbian Reading Group - A Curious Woman

Thursday, February 20, 7:15pm
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Join the Lesbian Reading Group for a discussion of A Curious Woman: Murder Under the Gum Trees by Jess Lea!

Bess Campbell has escaped to the windswept Australian coastal town of Port Bannir, determined to begin her life again. She is loving her fresh start, thanks to her fun job running a hip gallery, her territorial chickens, and a lot of self-help books to find her new, better self.

Port Bannir local Margaret Gale runs an austere maritime museum, and rules her staff with an iron fist. She has no time for that crazy modern gallery or upbeat, earnest Bess sweeping around town on her hipster bicycle.

After a heated dispute over an antique collectible dildo, there's little hope Margaret and Bess will ever see eye to eye.

But when Port Bannir is rocked by a senseless murder, both women find themselves implicated. Can they work together to expose the truth--or will the truth prove far too dangerous?

Get A Curious Woman: Murder Under the Gum Trees  for 20% off in store and online during the months of December and January!

Parking: Lot one block north; street parking (meters free after 7pm). For directions and public transportation information, click here.

Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 7:15pm

Lesbian Reading Group - We Have Always Been Here: A Queer Muslim Memoir

Thursday, January 16, 7:15pm
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Join the Lesbian Reading Group for a discussion of We Have Always Been Here: A Queer Muslim Memoir by Samra Habib!

Samra Habib has spent most of her life searching for the safety to be herself. As an Ahmadi Muslim growing up in Pakistan, she faced regular threats from Islamic extremists who believed the small, dynamic sect to be blasphemous. From her parents, she internalized the lesson that revealing her identity could put her in grave danger.

When her family came to Canada as refugees, Samra encountered a whole new host of challenges: bullies, racism, the threat of poverty, and an arranged marriage. Backed into a corner, her need for a safe space--in which to grow and nurture her creative, feminist spirit--became dire. The men in her life wanted to police her, the women in her life had only shown her the example of pious obedience, and her body was a problem to be solved.

So begins an exploration of faith, art, love, and queer sexuality, a journey that takes her to the far reaches of the globe to uncover a truth that was within her all along. A triumphant memoir of forgiveness and family, both chosen and not, We Have Always Been Here is a rallying cry for anyone who has ever felt out of place and a testament to the power of fearlessly inhabiting one's truest self.

Get We Have Always Been Here: A Queer Muslim Memoir  for 20% off in store and online during the months of December and January!

Parking: Lot one block north; street parking (meters free after 7pm). For directions and public transportation information, click here.

Thursday, January 16, 2020 - 7:15pm

Great Novels of the 22nd Century - Blackfish City

Wednesday, March 4, 7pm
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Join Great Novels of the 22nd Century for a reading roup discussion of Blackfish City by Arkady and Sam Miller!

After the climate wars, a floating city is constructed in the Arctic Circle, a remarkable feat of mechanical and social engineering, complete with geothermal heating and sustainable energy. The city’s denizens have become accustomed to a roughshod new way of living, however, the city is starting to fray along the edges—crime and corruption have set in, the contradictions of incredible wealth alongside direst poverty are spawning unrest, and a new disease called “the breaks” is ravaging the population.

When a strange new visitor arrives—a woman riding an orca, with a polar bear at her side—the city is entranced. The “orcamancer,” as she’s known, very subtly brings together four people—each living on the periphery—to stage unprecedented acts of resistance. By banding together to save their city before it crumbles under the weight of its own decay, they will learn shocking truths about themselves. 

Blackfish City is a remarkably urgent—and ultimately very hopeful—novel about political corruption, organized crime, technology run amok, the consequences of climate change, gender identity, and the unifying power of human connection. 

Get Blackfish City for 20% off in store and online during the months of February and March!

Parking: Lot one block north; street parking (meters free after 7pm). For directions and public transportation information, click here.

Wednesday, March 4, 2020 - 7:00pm

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