After our summer hiatus we will continue our TGIF book group on October 7th with a discussion of “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins. It was hard to get enough copies for this incredibly popular book but we now have a good amount available at the library.
TGIF Book Discussion
Friday October 7 at 10:30 a.m.
Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
The Library’s TGIF Book Group will read “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins and discuss it on Friday, October 7th at 10:30 a.m. at the library.
This is an open group. Everyone is welcome, whether or not you have finished the book.
This gripping young adult novel, which became a huge bestseller and is soon to be released as a highly anticipated major movie, is set in a future with unsettling parallels to our present. The nation of Panem consists of a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying Districts, the ruins of the area once known as North America. In this stratified society where the Capitol controls all resources, the main character, 16-year-old Katniss, provides the main support for her family by foraging for food in the woods surrounding their impoverished District.
The annual “Hunger Games,” a survival contest on live TV in which teenagers fight to the death, provide a major source of entertainment in this dystopian world. Two “tributes” between the ages of 12 and 18 are chosen by lottery from each of the 12 districts to compete. When Katniss’ beloved younger sister Prim is chosen as one of the “tributes,” Katniss volunteers to go in her sister’s place. In the terrifying events that follow, Katniss must marshal all her skills to stay alive and all her emotions to remain a caring human being in the face of the stark brutality of the Games.
The TGIF Book Group is an open book discussion group that reads both fiction and nonfiction and meets on the first Friday of each month at 10:30 a.m. at the library in North Conway Village. Please join us! The next book discussion in November will be “Following Atticus” by Tom Ryan as part of the One Book One Valley community read. Contact the North Conway Library at 356-2961 for more information or to reserve your copy of “The Hunger Games” or “Following Atticus.”
One Book One Valley
“Following Atticus” by Tom Ryan
TGIF Discussion on Friday, Nov. 3 at 10:30 am
The Library’s TGIF Book Group will read “Following Atticus” by Jackson author Tom Ryan and discuss it on Friday, November 3rd at 10:30 a.m. at the library as part of the “One Book One Valley” community read. This is an open group. Everyone is welcome, whether or not you are a library member and whether or not you have finished the book.
“Following Atticus: Forty-Eight High Peaks, One Little Dog, and an Extraordinary Friendship is many things, but mostly it’s a love letter to our own White Mountains. Tom Ryan came to both dogs and hiking late. But late is always better than never and he has more than made up for it. For two winters in a row, he and Atticus attempted to climb the 4000 footers each twice, in an attempt to raise money for various causes. His hiking exploits are all chronicled in the book and, as mentioned before, the White Mountains never looked better. But this book is more than a hiking journal – it’s about the deepening relationship between Tom and Atticus, something most pet lovers can understand. And it’s about finding your place in the world, doing what you love doing. Of course, there is hardship to overcome and obstacles in the way, but Tom and Atticus find their way through, strengthening their amazing bond along the way”(as described by White Birch Books’ Laura Lucy).
“One Book” community reading projects have exploded in popularity in recent years. Usually organized by libraries, they bring members of a community together to read and discuss the same literary work. Discussions usually take place in small book groups and sometimes authors participate. The idea is to promote reading and to connect people to literature through reading and discussion. The “One Book” movement began in 1998 at the Seattle Public Library, when Seattle Librarian Nancy Pearl, initiated “If All Seattle Read the Same Book.” There are now citywide, countywide, statewide, and even country-wide reading programs all over the world. “One Book One Valley,” our own Valley-wide reading program, started in 2006 when a group of librarians and book-minded community members organized the first community-wide reading program for the greater Mount Washington Valley. Its mission is to strengthen community ties and promote literacy through reading and discussing a book with a theme that resonates locally.
The first Valley-wide read was Stranger in the Kingdom by Howard Frank Mosher. Since then, the group has brought several other New England authors like Ernest Hebert (The Old American), Kate Braestrup (Here if you need me), Chris Bohjalian (The Double Bind), and Castle Freeman Jr. (Go with me) into the Valley.
For more information about “One Book One Valley” and its many related programs and events, check out http://onebookonevalley.wordpress.com
Copies of “Following Atticus” will be available at the North Conway Library and ALL local libraries from September 21st throughout October and early November. Copies are also available for purchase at White Birch Books.
The TGIF Book Group is an open book discussion group that reads both fiction and nonfiction and meets on the first Friday of each month at 10:30 a.m. at the library in North Conway Village. Everybody is welcome whether you belong to the library or not, whether you have read the book or not! Please join us!
Contact the North Conway Library at 356-2961 for more information about the book discussion or the “One Book One Valley” Community Read or to reserve your copy.
The TGIF Book Group would love to welcome new members. Please join us! You will find more info below.
This Tuesday, the book release party for “Following Atticus” by Tom Ryan will take place at 7 pm at the Theater in the Woods. This book was chosen for the One Book One Valley community read.
The TGIF book discussion will talk about it at their meeting on Friday, November 4th. FMI please see below. Copies of “Following Atticus” will be ready for check out at the library this Wednesday, September 21
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