KPL Book Club

The Kilbourn Public Library Book Club is open to all adults interested in getting together for informal discussion on selected books. Each month a book is chosen and copies are available here at the library and on the bookmobile for interested readers.  The book club meets at the library on the last Monday evening of the month at 6:30 p.m. and the last Wednesday afternoon of the month at 1:30 p.m. to discuss the featured book.  Coffee and treats are served along with engaging and enjoyable discussion. Copies of the book are available at the library and on the bookmobile. Everyone is welcome. If you can't make any of our meetings, post your comments and thoughts on our Book Club Blog.

The Kilbourn Public Library will be reading Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trail of Harper Lee by Casey Cep. A true-crime book that delves into a dramatic murder trial in 1970s Alabama, Furious Hours goes in depth into the trial, the key participants, and Harper Lee, the writer who spent years of her life after her success with To Kill a Mockingbird attempting to write her own true-crime book about the sensational trial. "Furious Hours delivers a gripping, incredibly well-written portrait of not only Harper Lee, but also of mid-20th century Alabama, and a still unanswered set of crimes to rival the serial killers made infamous in the same time period." We will be discussing this book on Wednesday, March 25 at 1:30pm and Monday, March 30 at 6:30pm. Join us for a lively discussion and treats. If you can't join us in person, visit our book club blog at kplbookclub.blogspot.com and let us know what you thought of the book. Everyone is welcome!

For the month of February the Kilbourn Public Library will be discussing The Gown: A Novel of the Royal Wedding by Jennifer Robson. Told through alternating viewpoints in London in 1947 and Toronto in 2016, The Gown tells the story of Queen Elizabeth's wedding dress and the women who made it. Fans of British royalty will be fascinated by this tale of three women: a young embroiderer, a Holocaust survivor, and a young women searching for more information about her grandmother. The Book Club will be discussing this novel on Monday, February 24 at 6:30pm and Wednesday, February 26 at 1:30pm. Join us for lively discussion and treats. Everyone is welcome!

For January Book Discussion we will be reading books by New York Times and USA Today bestselling novelist Joshilyn Jackson. Jackson writes page-turners that revolve around women's issues, faith, and justice issues. Jackson serves on the board of Reforming Arts, a nonprofit that runs education-in-prison and reentry programs. Through this organization, Joshilyn has taught creative writing, composition, and literature inside Georgia's maximum security facility for women. She lives in Decatur, Georgia with her husband Scott and their two children. Discussion of her books and writing will be held on Monday, January 27 at 6:30pm and Wednesday, January 29 at 1:30pm. Everyone is welcome!

The Kilbourn Public Library Book Club is reading a selection of holiday books for the December get-together. Each person is choosing any holiday book they would like to read and we will have a short discussion on the books. We will also be watching the movie Love Actually. This movie is a delightful and modern Christmas classic. If you have never joined us for book club, this month would be a perfect time to come meet new people and enjoy book discussion, treats, a hot chocolate bar, and a movie. Stop by the library or bookmobile and pick up a holiday book to read. Or just come and watch the movie with us. Everyone is welcome!
Monday, December 16 at 5:00pm
Wednesday, December 18 at 1:30pm

*Note earlier time than usual for Monday Book Club

The November book selection is The Poison Squad by Deborah Blum. The book tells the dramatic true story of the fight for food safety in the United States at the turn of the twentieth century, led by the inimitable Dr. Harvey Washington Wiley. By the end of the 19th century, food was dangerous. This was not by accident. Food manufacturers were knowingly selling harmful products. Unchecked by government regulation, basic safety, or even labelling requirements, they put profit before the health of their customers. Detailing the complex interchanges of industry, media and government regulation with bracing clarity, this eye-opening book offers a prescient perspective on the enormous social and political challenges we face today. We will meet to discuss this book on Monday, November 25 at 6:30pm and Wednesday, November 27 at 1:30pm. If you cannot join us in person, post a comment to our blog at kplbookclub.blogspot.com. The Poison Squad is the 2019-2020 UW-Madison Go Big Red Selection. Go Big Red is a shared reading experience with the goal of engaging not only the campus community, but the greater Wisconsin community in an academically focused reading experience and generating the discussion and exchange of diverse ideas.

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