It’s hot: The perfect time to open a book

Mary Pom ClaiborneOur Town Readers

There’s nothing like a long, lazy summer day and a good book. The only thing better is being able to talk about it with some fellow bibliophiles. If you’re not already in a book club, or even if you are, here are some upcoming book discussions at the Knox County Public Library to satisfy your summer reads:

The Martian by Andy Weir – Monday, July 8, at 6:30 at Lawson McGhee Library. Astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people on Mars. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate, Mark finds himself stranded. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills and a dogged refusal to quit, he confronts one obstacle after the next. But will it be enough? Facilitated by Mik Burns.

Emily Wilde’s Encyclopaedia of Faeries by Heather Fawcett. Thursday, July 11, at 6 p.m. at the Norwood Branch Library. Dr. Emily Wilde is a scholar visiting a remote Scandinavian nation to study a species of faerie. She is joined by her faithful dog, Shadow, but otherwise is on her own to focus on her work until her Oxford colleague, the affable and too-handsome Dr. Wendell Bambleby, shows up.

A Woman Is No Man by Etaf Rum. Monday, July 15, at 6 p.m. at Bearden Branch Library. Deya must meet with potential husbands at her grandmother Fareeda’s insistence, though her only desire is to go to college. But her grandmother is firm on the matter: the only way to secure a worthy future for Deya is through marriage to the right man.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Read. Tuesday, July 16, at 6 p.m. at Bearden Branch Library. Aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamourous and scandalous life. When she chooses unknown reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one is more astounded that Monique herself.

The House of Doors by Tan Twan Eng. Monday, July 29, at 6 p.m. at Fountain City Branch Library. When “Willie” Somerset Maugham, a famed writer and old friend, along with his secretary, arrives for an extended visit to Lesley and Robert Hamlyn, the pair threatens a rift that could alter more lives than one. Based on a true story.

For more book and author events at the Library, visit the calendar.

Mary Pom Claiborne is assistant director for marketing, communications and development for Knox County Pubic Library.


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