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Calling all readers: Are you looking to shake up your book club game? Maybe you've been wanting to join a book club but haven't taken the plunge?
If so, UAPL's newest book discussion group, The Reading Cafe at Whole Foods, might just be your answer. Join us as we eat, drink and discuss a variety of titles by debut authors. From memoirs to historical fiction, dystopian to thriller - the group is designed to push you out of your reading comfort zone and get you talking. Who knows - you may even discover your next favorite book!
The group was formed in June of 2014 with the idea of taking the traditional book club and shaking it up a bit by meeting outside of the library's walls. The casual, bustling atmosphere of the cafe at Whole Foods on Lane Avenue promotes lively discussions and participants may snack on provided refreshments or choose to purchase their own food and drink (including beer and wine at happy hour prices) from the cafe.
We meet the first Wednesday of every other month (on even-numbered months, for those keeping score) because, let's face it - we're all busy with our lives and sometimes meeting every month can seem like a burden to our already jam-packed schedules. Our next meeting will be Wednesday, October 7th at 6:30pm in the cafe area of Whole Foods on Lane Avenue
Selected titles range the gamut from fiction to nonfiction and everything in between but are always author's first works.
Registration isn't necessary. If you're interested in attending, stop by the Adult Department desk and ask for a copy of October's book, Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J Ryan Stradal. We set copies aside so you don't have to worry about reserving a copy - just pick it up, check it out, and start reading.
Those interested in recieving email updates (such as upcoming titles and title arrivals) may send an email to jdowning[at]ualibrary.org to be added to the Reading Cafe email list.
Check out some of the title's we've read in the past below:
2. A.M. at The Cat's Pajamas by Marie-Helene Bertino
Taking place over the span of 24 hours, this inventive novel follows a rotating cast of raucous characters through the snowy streets of Philadelphia. The book centers around Madeline Altamari, an aspiring jazz singer who is nine years old. Left to her own devices after the sudden death of her mother nearly a year ago incapacitates her father, Madeline is smart mouthed, grieving and about to have the adventure of her lifetime on Christmas Eve Eve.
Add Madeline's principal who has it out for her because she is her mama's daughter; her favorite teacher Miss Sarina Green, recently returned to Philly after a divorce; and the owner of the Cat's Pajamas, Lorca, who is facing the club's imminent demise along with several other colorful characters and you have a highly entertaining whirlwind of a novel with a healthy dash of magical realism rounding out the entire affair. It's a small book, and though it can easily be devoured in one sitting it will remain with the reader long after the last, powerful line. A recommended read for music lovers, prose lovers, and really just about anyone with a sense of humor and wonder.
At the intermission of a London opera performance, elegant socialite Charlotte Alton makes eye contact with a mysterious man who hands her a battered Christmas ornament before disappearing. It’s a message for Karla, an underworld fixer who can make information disappear—Charlotte Alton’s powerful and amoral alter ego. The invitation to meet is Charlotte’s first step onto a dark path that will bring together old enemies and new in a twisty puzzle-box of a thriller exploring intersections between the worlds of crime, intelligence gathering, police work, and high society. Elegantly written and tightly plotted, every detail matters in this dark and gripping debut.
Kahiki Supper Club: A Polynesian Paradise in Columbus
Take a set back into retro Columbus with the book Kahiki Supper Club by David Meyers.
The Kahiki, a South Seas themed restaurant, was located in Columbus on East Broad Street. The restaurant was easy to identify since it was shaped like a Polynesian fighting boat, with giant flaming Mo’ai heads outside the main doors. Entering you walked into a faux South Pacific village with tropical rainforest, totally exotic. The best was ordering up the “Mystery Drink” which came in a bowl with a smoking volcano and served by the “Mystery Girl” who danced the drink to your table after being summoned by a giant gong, fun!