Adult programs

Adult Programming

First Thursday Book Buffet

Kilton Conference Room

The Big Apple: New York City in novels and history

Our most populous city, NYC is the nation's most densely populated with speakers of 800+ languages.  No wonder novelists love to set their fiction there, and people who have lived there focus on their NYC chapter in their memoirs.

Does reading about the city appeal to you? Why? Is the heightened experience of visiting there communicated by the writers?

Bring along a brownbag lunch and a book on the theme.  A selection is on display, or you may bring along another favorite to discuss.

 

First Thursday Book Buffet

Kilton Conference Room

Coming-of-age Novels for adults

This type of novel, called bildungsroman,  deals with a character's formative years and spiritual education. The years of youth often are painful to recall, but very satisfying to read about when the events happen to a fictional character.

What similarities or differences reminded you of your own youth?  Did the characters' struggles seem real and true?

Bring along a brownbag lunch and a book on the theme.  A selection is on display, or you may bring another favorite to discuss.

First Thursday Book Buffet

Kilton Conference Room

My Story: Autobiographical fiction

Novelists write what they know-- and often their imaginings are rooted in their own experience. 

Why are these books novels and not memoirs?  What kind of truth does fiction allow that straight autobiography does not?

Which do you prefer?

Bring along a brownbag lunch and a book on the theme.  A selection is on display, or you may bring another favorite to discuss