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.

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.

The book selection for October is An American Marriage by Tayari Jones. Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of both the American Dream and the New South. He is a young executive and she is an artist on the brink of an exciting career. But as they settle into the routine of their life together, they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined. The stirring love story is a profoundly insightful look into the hearts and minds of three people who are at once bound and separated by forces beyond their control. An American Marriage is a masterpiece of storytelling, an intimate look deep into the souls of people who must reckon with the past while moving forward, with hope and pain, into the future. This month we will meet on Monday, October 28 at 6:30pm and Wednesday, October  30 at 1:30pm. Everyone is welcome to join us for discussion and treats. If you can't join us in person, post your comments on our book club blog at http://kplbookclub.blogspot.com

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