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Scottsville Library Book Group

Feb 17, 2012 1pm

Scottsville Library
The group will discuss a variety of works by Reynolds Price.

Nicole Funk
scottsville@jmrl.org



Brown Bag Book Club

Jan 23, 2012 12pm

Nelson Memorial Library
ABOUT FACE: COMMISSARIO GUIDO BRUNETTI MYSTERY by Donna Leon
At the request of a carabiniere investigator, Commissario Guido Brunetti looks into illegal garbage hauling that has resulted in a murder, while Brunetti's father-in-law asks him to investigate a potential business partner with a mysterious wife.

Tanith Knight
nelson@jmrl.org



History Book Club

Jan 23, 2011 12pm

JMRL - Central Library
RIVER OF DARKNESS: FRANCISCO ORELLANA'S LEGENDARY VOYAGE OF DEATH AND DISCOVERY DOWN THE AMAZON by Buddy Levy.
The European discovery of the Amazon; the goal is conquest of Amazonia and exploitation of its riches for Spain's glory. Levy successfully conveys the Amazon's power and majesty, while shedding light on the futility of humanity's attempt to tame it.

Russ Lyttleton
central@jmrl.org



Thursday Night Book Group

Feb 2, 2012 7pm

Greene County Library
STAR OF THE SEA by Joseph O'Connor.
In the middle of the Atlantic Ocean during the summer of 1847, a boatload of Irish refugees heading for the promise of America is stalked by a killer in their ranks who seems bent on some kind of revenge.

Ginny Reese
greene@jmrl.org



Wednesday Night Book Group

Jan 11, 2012 7:30pm

Gordon Avenue Library
LOITERING WITH INTENT by Muriel Spark.
In mid-century London, aspiring young writer Fleur Talbot becomes secretary to a motley group of egotists who are composing their memoirs in advance and uncovers material enough for any novelist, but is perplexed by the familiarity of their lives.

Meredith Dickens
gordon@jmrl.org



Literary Masterpiece Book Group

Feb 3, 2012 10am

Gordon Avenue Library
"ALEXANDER" and "CAESAR" by Plutarch
Plutarch introduces the reader to the major figures and periods of classical Greece and Rome.

gordon@jmrl.org


Monday Evening Book Club

Feb 6, 2012 7pm

Crozet Library
INVISIBLE MAN by Ralph Ellison.
An African-American man's search for success and the American dream leads him out of college to Harlem and a growing sense of personal rejection and social invisibility.

crozet@jmrl.org


Wednesday Night Book Group

Feb 8, 2012 7:30pm

Gordon Avenue Library
BLESS ME, ULTIMA by Rudolfo Anaya.
[part of THE BIG READ]
Antonio Marez is six years old when Ultima comes to stay with his family in New Mexico. She is a curandera, one who cures with herbs and magic. Under her wise wing, Tony will test the bonds that tie him to his people, and discover himself in the pagan past, in his father's wisdom, and in his mother's Catholicism. And at each life turn there is Ultima, who delivered Tony into the world-and will nurture the birth of his soul.

gordon@jmrl.org


Brown Baggers Book Group

Feb 16, 2012 12pm

Central Library, 201 E. Market St, Charlottesville
HOTEL ON THE CORNER OF BITTER AND SWEET by Jamie Ford.
When artifacts from Japanese families sent to internment camps during World War II are uncovered during renovations at a Seattle hotel, Henry Lee embarks on a quest that leads to memories of growing up Chinese in a city rife with anti-Japanese sentiment.

central@jmrl.org


Literary Masterpiece Book Group

Feb 17, 2012 10am

Gordon Avenue Library
THE ASPERN PAPERS by Henry James.
An American editor travels to Venice to find some papers of a deceased 19th century poet which he believes are being held by the poet's former love.

gordon@jmrl.org


Literary Masterpiece Book Group

Dec 2, 2011 10am

Gordon Avenue Library
ONE DAY IN THE LIFE OF IVAN DENISOVICH by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.
One of the most chilling novels about the oppression of totalitarian regimes and the first to open Western eyes to the terrors of Stalin's prison camps.

Meredith Dickens
gordon@jmrl.org



Thursday Night Book Discussion Group

Dec 1, 2011 7pm

Greene County Library, Main St, Stanardsville
THE SECRET SCRIPTURE by Sebastian Barry.
Recording the events of her life from a mental hospital as her hundredth birthday approaches, Roseanne McNulty considers returning to society when she learns that the hospital is about to close.

Ginny Reese
greene@jmrl.org



Monday Evening Book Club

Dec 5, 2011 7pm

Crozet Library
RUN by Ann Patchett.
Struggling with single parenthood and a scandal that cost him his political career, Bernard Doyle fights his disappointment with his adopted sons' career choices before a violent event forces the members of his family to reconsider their priorities.

Wendy Saz
crozet@jmrl.org



Literary Masterpiece Book Group

Dec 16, 2011 10am

Gordon Avenue Library
LOITERING WITH INTENT by Muriel Spark.
In mid-century London, aspiring young writer Fleur Talbot becomes secretary to a motley group of egotists who are composing their memoirs in advance and uncovers material enough for any novelist, but is perplexed by the familiarity of their lives.

Meredith Dickens
gordon@jmrl.org



Scottsville Library Book Club

Dec 20, 2011 7pm

Scottsville Library
The group will discuss a variety of works by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Noelle Funk
scottsville@jmrl.org



Nonfiction Book Group

Dec 21, 2011 7pm

Gordon Avenue Library
PACKING FOR MARS by Mary Roach.
Describes the weirdness of space travel, answers questions about the long-term effects of living in zero gravity on the human body, and explains how space simulations on Earth can provide a preview to life in space.

Meredith Dickens
gordon@jmrl.org



Regional Author Series

Nov 13, 2011 2pm

Central Library, 201 E. Market St, Charlottesville
JEFFERSON'S MOUNTAIN by Henry Wiencek.
The author will discuss his forthcoming book.

Joyce MacDonald


Scottsville Library Book Club

Nov 15, 2011 7pm

Scottsville Library
The group will discuss a variety of works by Ann Patchett.

Noelle Funk
scottsville@jmrl.org



Wednesday Night Book Group

Nov 16, 2011 7pm

Northside Library
THE KNOWN WORLD by Edward Jones.
When a plantation proprietor and former slave--now possessing slaves of his own--dies, his household falls apart in the wake of a slave rebellion and corrupt underpaid patrollers who enable free black people to be sold into slavery.

Margarete Gillette
northside@jmrl.org



Brown Baggers Book Group

Nov 17, 2011 12pm

Central Library, 201 E. Market St, Charlottesville
RIVER OF DOUBT: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey by Candice Millard.

Chronicles the 1914 expedition of Theodore Roosevelt into the unexplored heart of the Amazon basin to explore and map the region surrounding a tributary called the River of Doubt, detailing the perilous conditions they faced.

Krista Farrell
central@jmrl.org



Book Signing with Phil James

Feb 4, 2011 5:30 - 7:00pm

McIntire Building, 200 Second Street NE
On Friday, February 4th, the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society will be hosting a First Fridays event in the McIntire Building.

Local columnist Phil James will be celebrating and signing his recently released book, Secrets of the Blue Ridge: Stories from Western Albemarle. This compendium of columns by the popular Crozette Gazette author focuses on tales of Western Albemarle’s past, including architecture and town planning, local commerce, ecological history, and famous occurrences and tragedies from the area’s past.

This event, free and open to the public, will take place from 5:30pm-7:00pm at the McIntire Building, 200 Second Street NE, Charlottesville. Refreshments will be served.


Emma Earnst
434-296-1492



Brown Bag Book Club

Jul 28, 2008 Noon

Nelson Memorial Library
A book discussion of A WALK IN THE WOODS by Bill Bryson

Tanith Knight
434.263.5904