Library reading groups
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Kanawha County Main Library will begin hosting two new monthly reading and discussion groups. They are:
Man Booker Prize Non-Winners reading and discussion group: This book discussion group will focus on those titles that didn't quite make the cut for the Man Booker Prize but are worthy in their own right. The Man Booker Prize is awarded to the best fiction novel of the year written by a citizen of the United Kingdom, the British Commonwealth or the Republic of Ireland.
The group will meet from 3 to 5 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month (second Thursday in January) through June in John V. Ray Room. Carol Campbell is the discussion leader. Participants are asked to buy the books; limited copies are available in the library collection.
The schedule is:
Sept. 5: "Flaubert's Parrot" by Julian Barnes (1984)
Oct. 3: "The Clear Light of Day" by Anita Desai (1980)
Nov. 7: "The Bookshop" by Penelope Fitzgerald (1978)
Dec. 5: "An Artist of the Floating World" by Kazuo Ishiguro (1986)
Jan. 9: "Remembering Babylon" by David Malouf (1993)
Feb. 6: "Morality Play" by Barry Unsworth (1995)
March 6: "Nice Work" by David Lodge (1988)
April 3: "Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont" by Elizabeth Taylor (1971)
May 1: "The Reluctant Fundamentalist" by Mohsin Hamid (2008)
June 5: "Chatterton" by Peter Ackroyd (1987)
The Identity Crisis! reading and discussion group: This series will focus on novels in which the protagonists struggle with issues of identity, often in the face of the limiting definitions placed on them by society. The books reflect on the way that social attitudes about gender, race and other characteristics often influence an individual's efforts to find his or her place in the world.
This group will meet from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month through February in the John V. Ray Room. There will be no meeting in December.