Friday, June 12, 2015

Harper Lee Book Discussions

The library will hold a discussion of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird on Tuesday, June 30 at 7:00 PM. The discussion will be free and open to the public.

This will be the first of two Harper Lee programs. The library will also hold a discussion of Go Set a Watchman on Tuesday, July 28. Participants must secure their own copies of both books.

Published in 1960, To Kill a Mockingbird won the Pulitzer Prize and become one of the most beloved of American novels. Its nostalgic yet clear-eyed portrait of life in the Depression-era South; its engagement with issues of class and, especially, race; and its unforgettable characters, especially the young narrator, Scout, and her father, the noble Atticus Finch, have made this book a contemporary classic. Few books can match its iconic stature.

Harper Lee is now eighty-nine years old, and for decades, To Kill a Mockingbird was famously her only published fiction. Now a second novel, Go Set a Watchman, is scheduled for publication this summer. In this book, set some twenty years after the events of To Kill a Mockingbird, an adult Scout Finch travels from New York to Maycomb, Alabama to visit her father, Atticus.

The Haverhill Library Association is marking this literary milestone by scheduling discussions of both novels.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Teju Cole Book Discussion

The library will hold a discussion of Every Day is for the Thief by Teju Cole on Monday, April 20. This will be the third and final in a series on “New African Writers.”

The discussion will begin at 7:00 PM and will be free and open to the public. Copies of the book will be available to borrow in advance.

Named one of the best books of the year by the New York Times and National Public Radio, Every Day is for the Thief is about a young Nigerian living in New York City who goes home to Lagos for a short visit, finding a city both familiar and strange. He witnesses the “yahoo yahoos” diligently perpetrating email frauds from an Internet cafĂ©, longs after a mysterious woman reading on a public bus, and recalls the tragic fate of an eleven-year-old boy accused of stealing at a local market. Along the way, the unnamed narrator reconnects with old friends, a former girlfriend, and extended family, and slowly begins to reconcile the profound changes that have taken place in his country and the truth about himself.

Raised in Nigeria, Teju Cole attended college in the United States and now lives in New York. His critically acclaimed debut novel, Open City, won the PEN/Hemingway Award and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. He is currently the photography critic of the New York Times Magazine and Distinguished Writer in Residence at Bard College.

Every Day is for the Thief concludes the library’s “New African Writers” discussion series, which also featured works by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and NoViolet Bulawayo.