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As part of our celebration of Banned Books Week, and to kick off the Library’s Teen Read Week activities, author Rainbow Rowell will appear at Central Library on Tuesday, September 23rd. The author will discuss her works at 6:30 p.m., followed by a book signing at 7:30 p.m.
And the next day, Malinda Lo makes two appearances!
Continuing our celebration of Teen Read Week, we will welcome author Malinda Lo, who will speak and sign books at two different locations on Wednesday, September 24th.
You can see her at the Glendale Library from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Or you can see her at the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library (340 N. Senate Ave.), where she will speak and sign books from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
If you show up at 5:00 at the Vonnegut Library, the Gourmet Girls will be creating some “banned books treats.”
My summer of 2014 was defined by an audacious split-personality, explosive soap, journeys through support groups, and a hatred for the system. Many people are familiar with the 1999 film adaptation of Fight Club, starring the recognizable Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, and Helena Bonham Carter, and the firestorm surrounding it and that marvelous tune by The Pixies. Few, however, are familiar with the craftfully written novel by Chuck Palahniuk, which embodies the disillusion of what it means to truly “live” in our modern society. The story follows the life of a middle aged man merely known to readers as “The Narrator”, and his growing problems with insomnia, IKEA furniture, and his quickly degrading life. As more and more interesting characters enter his life, notably the confidently chaotic Tyler Durden, his life makes a self-destructive change. The duo quickly form a fight club in the basement of their favorite bar to inspire other men to change their lives in the same way, yet the Narrator is unaware that one of the “best decisions” of his life may have been fueled by something much more sinister.
Fight Club is also available as an audiobook on CD
–Erica Irish, Southport Branch Teen Advisory Board
The Things They Carried is not only a novel, but could be considered a collection of short stories. Tim O’Brien makes each chapter unique by using powerful diction and tone. He keeps the reader interested by making each chapter a different account from the Vietnam War. These war stories vary from serious and sentimental to quite comical. This book is very powerful and exciting and recommended for anyone interested in the Vietnam War and what being a soldier is truly like.
–Haley Kibby, Southport Branch Teen Advisory Board