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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

ARRT BookClub Study Notes for A Distant Heart and My Favorite Thing is Monsters is Up Next

Quick note today before I head off on vacation for the rest of the week [although I am waiting for LJ to post their Shout and Share from BEA so I may pop back in to post that].

The last ARRT Book Club Study notes are up. You can always view the current discussion and all past discussions on our Book Club Study website here. But here are direct links to the notes:

  • On Wednesday, April 25th, Karen Toonen led a discussion of A Distant Heart by Sonali Dev. CLICK HERE to access the book discussion notes. 
  • The Leadership Topic, led by Becky Spratford, focused on incorporating romance novels into any book club.  Sonali joined us for the leadership topic! Sonali is a delightful speaker, passionate about romance novels, and an excellent advocate for diverse authorship in all publishing. CLICK HERE to access the notes on the leadership topic. 

Last night the LAMBDA Literary Awards were also announced [click here for all of the winners] and the graphic novel winner is our next book.

From the Book Club Study site:
Please join us for a discussion of My Favorite Thing Is Monsters, Vol. 1 by Emil Ferris led by Mike Hominick:  Set against the tumultuous political backdrop of late ’60s Chicago, My Favorite Thing Is Monsters is the fictional graphic diary of 10-year-old Karen Reyes, filled with B-movie horror and pulp monster magazines iconography. Karen Reyes tries to solve the murder of her enigmatic upstairs neighbor, Anka Silverberg, a holocaust survivor, while the interconnected stories of those around her unfold. When Karen’s investigation takes us back to Anka’s life in Nazi Germany, the reader discovers how the personal, the political, the past, and the present converge. Full-color illustrations throughout. 

The discussion will be held: 

Thursday, August 9th
2-4 p.m.
Northbrook Public Library 
RSVP to Mike Hominick [email on site]
 Please arrange to obtain your own copy of the book for the discussion As always, discussion of the book includes a nuts-and-bolts session devoted to sharing practical solutions to the problems and concerns of book discussion leaders.
My Favorite Things Is Monsters was now of my favorite reads last year. I am going to make every effort to come to this one. But if I cant make it [or you cant] dont worry. The notes will be up on the site and I will let you know when they are available here on the blog.

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