Book Discussions

The Madison Public Library Book Clubs February picks...


Thursday February 20th




Afternoon club is reading:
by Helen Thomas 
Discussion at 1:30pm











Evening club is reading: 
by Louise Erdrich
Discussion at 7:00pm

RESCHEDULED: January 30th

Who is Estonia Poet Marie Under (1883-1980)?

By Sirje Kiin


Thursday, January 30th 
7pm
Madison Public Library


Author Sirje Kiin is an Estonia writer living in the United States.  Through her literature she introduces you to the Estonia world and history.  During the program, Sirje will discuss her scholarship work, "Marie Under" and answer these questions:



  • How did she become the most influential poet of 20th century Estonia?
  • Why did the Soviet Union forbid Marie Under’s poetry? 
  • Why were people sent to Siberian labour camps for reading and copying her poetry?
  • Why was Marie Under never awarded the Nobel Prize in literature, despite being nominated over 30 times? 

This presentation is sponsored by 

the Friends of the Madison Public Library

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January...time to join in?

The Madison Public Library Book clubs will be starting the New Year with some great reads!

Thursday January 23rd


Afternoon Club reading: In the Garden of Beasts

Discussion at 1:30pm


 The time is 1933, the place, Berlin, when William E. Dodd becomes America’s first ambassador to Hitler’s Nazi Germany in a year that proved to be a turning point in history.
 
A mild-mannered professor from Chicago, Dodd brings along his wife, son, and flamboyant daughter, Martha. At first Martha is entranced by the parties and pomp, and the handsome young men of the Third Reich with their infectious enthusiasm for restoring Germany to a position of world prominence. Enamored of the “New Germany,” she has one affair after another, including with the suprisingly honorable first chief of the Gestapo, Rudolf Diels. But as evidence of Jewish persecution mounts, confirmed by chilling first-person testimony, her father telegraphs his concerns to a largely indifferent State Department back home. Dodd watches with alarm as Jews are attacked, the press is censored, and drafts of frightening new laws begin to circulate. As that first year unfolds and the shadows deepen, the Dodds experience days full of excitement, intrigue, romance—and ultimately, horror, when a climactic spasm of violence and murder reveals Hitler’s true character and ruthless ambition.

Source: Amazon.com


Evening Club reading: The Round House

Discussion at 7:00pm


One Sunday in the summer of 1988, a woman living on a reservation in North Dakota is attacked. The details of the crime are slow to surface as Geraldine Coutts is traumatized and reluctant to reveal the details of what happened, either to the police or to her husband, Bazil, and thirteen-year-old son, Joe. In one day, Joe's life is irrevocably transformed. He tries to heal his mother, but she will not leave her bed and slips into an abyss of solitude. Increasingly alone, Joe finds himself thrust prematurely into an adult world for which he is ill prepared.

While his father endeavors to wrest justice from a situation that defies his efforts, Joe becomes frustrated and sets out with his trusted friends, Cappy, Zack, and Angus, to get some answers of his own. Their quest takes them to the Round House, a sacred place of worship for the Ojibwe. And this is only the beginning. 

Source: Litlovers.com

If you’d like to join in, copies of either of these titles can be found at the Madison Public Library Front Desk. 

Friends of Madison Public Library Present...

Who is Estonia Poet Marie Under (1883-1980)?

By Sirje Kiin


Thursday, January 16th 
7pm
Madison Public Library


Author Sirje Kiin is an Estonia writer living in the United States.  Through her literature she introduces you to the Estonia world and history.  During the program, Sirje will discuss her scholarship work, "Marie Under" and answer these questions:



  • How did she become the most influential poet of 20th century Estonia?
  • Why did the Soviet Union forbid Marie Under’s poetry? 
  • Why were people sent to Siberian labour camps for reading and copying her poetry?
  • Why was Marie Under never awarded the Nobel Prize in literature, despite being nominated over 30 times?