The Regulator Bookshop, 720 Ninth Street in Durham, announces the following book discussions in January:
GOOD READS: CURRENT AND CLASSIC FICTION
Monday January 18, 2010, 7:00 p.m.
This discussion series on the third Monday of each month focuses on literary fiction, current and classic. The selection this month is the Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Elizabeth Strout, Olive Kitteridge, which was named Best Book of the Year by the Washington Post Book World, USA Today, the Chicago Tribune, People, Entertainment Weekly, the Atlantic, and the Christian Science Monitor. The series is facilitated by Durham native Katherine Johnson, who has an undergraduate degree in European Literatures and many years of reading and working with books. Her day job is with NoveList, where she develops articles, discussion guides, and other materials about books for an online library service that supports readers' advisory.
BOOK DISCUSSION: THE HELP
Thursday, January 21, 2010, 7:00 p.m.
Join us for a provocative discussion of the recent novel, The Help by Kathryn Stockett, led by Karla Holloway and Katharine Bartlett. On the NYT bestseller list since August, The Help, a novel about the relationships between African-American maids and their white employers in 1960s Mississippi, "has the classic elements of a crowd pleaser: it features several feisty women enmeshed in a page-turning plot, clear villains and a bit of history," writes the New York Times. Holloway is the James B. Duke Professor of English at Duke, and holds appointments in the Law School, Women's Studies, and African and African American Studies. Bartlett, the A. Kenneth Pye Professor of Law, is the former Dean of the Duke Law School. This event is co-sponsored with the Durham County Library.
Monday, January 25, 2010, 7:00 p.m.
This discussion series focuses on mysteries and the selection for this month is Still Life by Louise Perry. Library Journal notes, "Penny writes poignantly about life in a small Canadian hamlet....A first-rate creator of memorable characters, Penny introduces a truly engaging sleuth in Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, who is sent to investigate and in the process falls in love with Three Pines and its inhabitants." The series is facilitated by Judy Dearlove, who has called Durham home for over three decades. A passionate reader, she has also taught literature at several local colleges, including Duke, Meredith, and Elon. Currently, she is engaged in the mysterious process of writing a novel.
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