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Book Club Notes
April 2018

Literary Events for April...

These events may be of particular interest to book clubs. Bring your group to meet an author you've read, or discover new books to add to your reading list.

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Friday, April 6, 7:00 pm, Aspen Grove

Liam Callanan, journalist and author of  The Cloud Atlas , will discuss and sign  Paris by the Book  ($26.00 Dutton Books), about a mother who finds herself in Paris with her daughters, searching for her husband, rescuing a failing bookstore, and drawing closer to unexpected truths. Callanan will be in conversation with Eleanor Brown, the local author of  The Light of Paris  and  The Weird Sisters .
Monday, April 9, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

In his powerful fourth novel, Charles Frazier returns to the time and place of  Cold Mountain , vividly bringing to life the chaos and devastation of the Civil War. He will discuss and sign  Varina  ($27.99 Ecco Press). This is a novel of an American war and its aftermath, and a woman who comes to realize that complicity carries consequences.
Thursday, April 12, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Mohsin Hamid, the internationally bestselling author of  Exit West   and  The Reluctant Fundamentalist , both Man Booker Prize finalists, will discuss and sign  Exit West  ($16.00 Riverhead Books) for the paperback release. This New York Times  bestseller is the astonishingly visionary love story that imagines the forces that drive ordinary people from their homes into the uncertain embrace of new lands. 
Sunday, April 15, 2:00 pm, Aspen Grove

Mandy Mikulencak, journalist and author of  Burn Girl , will discuss and sign  The Last Suppers  ($25.00 John Scognamiglio Book). Set in 1950s Louisiana, Mikulencak's beautifully written and emotionally moving novel is the story of an unforgettable woman whose quest to provide meals for death row prisoners leads her into the secrets of her own past.
Tuesday, April 17, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Jonathan Evison, author of  This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance! , will discuss and sign  Lawn Boy   ($26.95 Algonquin Books), a vibrant, coming-of-age novel about social class distinctions, about overcoming cultural discrimination, and about standing up for oneself.
Thursday, April 19, 7:00 pm,Colfax Avenue

Kelly O'Connor McNees, the critically acclaimed author of  The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott , will discuss and sign her novel  Undiscovered Country  ($25.95 Pegasus Books), which mixes fact and fiction to present an intimate portrait of the love that bloomed between Eleanor Roosevelt and Lorena Hickok, hidden in plain sight. She will be in conversation with Eleanor Brown, the local author of  The Light of Paris  and  The Weird Sisters .
Book Clubs!
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Travel Lovers' Book Club

Mystery Book Club

Aspen Grove Fiction 
Book Club

Aspen Grove Non-Fiction Book Club
4/21:  Dodge City

TC LoDo Book Club
5/7:  The Blue Zone
Thursday, April 26, 6:00 pm, Aspen Grove
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Staff Suggestions
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Every now and then we encounter a new book that we're so excited about we want to shout it from the rooftops, so we have this special designation to distinguish it from the rest:
April V.I.B...
by Rebecca Kauffman

“The Gunners is a remarkable novel about a group of friends who are reunited after ten years when one of them commits suicide. The result of this reunion is an evening full of long-awaited confessions and secret telling between them. Don’t let the simplicity of this plot fool you. Each character has something to reveal and literary writer, Rebecca Kauffman, attacks the emotional state of each character with direct, and unforgivably honest writing. The message she plants in this novel is clear, though not easy: Experience and accept your emotions no matter how jarring they come at you. That’s how we move forward.If you enjoy reading complex characters you can grip on to, pick up The Gunners this spring!” -- Stephanie Coleman, Director of Buying
On shelves now
by Stefan Merrill Block

"As a victim of a school shooting, Oliver Loving is confined to a nine-year coma. Over the years, Oliver's family crumbles as they succumb to the pain of his loss, unable to cope with the reality of his coma. A brother lost in debt to the artistic community of New York, a father captivated within his own mind, and a mother whose life revolves around the bedside of a son who will never wake, and a young girl who has spent a life hiding from the horrors of a witnessed tragedy. Yet, each life, interconnected by Oliver, is shaken to the core when an experimental procedure successfully awakens Oliver." -- Chelsea Debret, bookseller
On shelves 4/10
by Chris Offutt

"In his novel, Chris Offutt leads us into and through another side of America’s prosperous, rock & rollin’ Fifties and flower-power Sixties. This gritty story unfolds over sixteen years as Tucker exhibits his innate intelligence, humanity and the ethos of his military experience while battling his way through the dismal realities of his life circumstances. The narrative is effectively written in short, stark sentences, punctuated with Southern vernacular dialogue that further pulls you into the experience of the white, rural poor in America." -- Susan S., bookseller
Dom Testa is an author, advocate for children's education and the host of Dom in the Morning on Mix 100.3. He loves reading and we love sharing his book reviews with you. Check out  his blog  and happy reading!

This month's selection is Red Sparrow   by   Jason Matthews.   Mention Dom's Book Club when making your purchase in-store to receive 20% off the current selection.
Meteorologist Lisa Hidalgo not only knows the weather, she knows great books and is an avid reader! Check out her picks each month and read along with Lisa!

This month's selection is   Lawn Boy   by Jonathan Evison.   Mention the 7News Book Club when making your purchase in-store to receive 20% off the current selection.

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