The Great American Read: Exploring books and their Writers through Film

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The TV series The Great American Read has peaked readers interest in the 100 titles nominated as contestants for America’s favorite book. Following the conclusion of the show, join us in an in depth exploration of several books from the Great American Read’s top 100 list. Each month in this series we will pick one book to celebrate. We will watch a documentary or film on the author, one film adaptation of the book, and cap it off with a book discussion led by retired Siena College Professor, Tom Bulger. All books will be available for at the checkout desk during the month in which they will be discussed.

December: Little Women

January: The Picture of Dorian Gray

  • January 5th at 2:00 pm: Wilde (1997 film, 1 hr, 58 min), register online.
  • January 12th at 2:00 pm: The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945 film adaptation, 1 hr, 50 min), register online.
  • January 26th at 2:00 pm: Discussion with Tom Bulger, register online.

 

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Book Discussion Group: Main Library

Mondays at 6:30 pm
Main Library

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A monthly book group that meets to discuss a wide range of book selections. New members are always welcomed.  Monthly participation is not necessary, come for the books that interest you!

Ask for a copy at the desk.

  • November 5th: In The Midst of Winter by Isabel Allende
  • December 3rd: Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt’s New World by Andrea Wulf
  • January 7th: There, There by Tommy Orange
  • February 4th: We Were 8 Years in Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • March 4th: Little Red Chairs by Edna O’Brien
  • April 1st: Elephant Company: The inspiring story of an unlikely hero and the animals who helped him save lives in WWII by Vicki Croke
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Book Discussion Group: Lansingburgh Branch

Tuesdays at 6:15 pm
Lansingburgh Branch

Pile of booksA monthly book group that meets to discuss a wide range of book selections. New members are always welcomed.  Monthly participation is not necessary, come for the books that interest you!

  • November 20th – One Thousand White Women by Jim Fergus
  • December 18th – This is How it Always Is by Laurie Frankel
  • January 15th – White Chrysanthemum by Mary Lynn Bracht
  • February 19th – Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
  • March 19th News of The World by Paulette Jiles
  • April 16th The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin
  • May 21st – Darktown by Thomas Mullen
  • June 18th – Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate
  • July 16th – The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  • August 20th – Behold The Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue
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