1:00 – 2:30 P.M. on the third Wednesday of every month.
August 16, 2017 – Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
The founder of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama recounts his experience as a lawyer working to assist those desperately in need, reflecting on his pursuit of the ideal of compassion in American justice.
September 20, 2017 – Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
Invisible Man is a milestone in American literature, winning the National Book Award for fiction, and establishing Ralph Ellison as one of the key writers of the century. The nameless narrator of the novel describes growing up in a black community in the South, attending a Negro college from which he is expelled, moving to New York and becoming the chief spokesman of the Harlem branch of “the Brotherhood”, and retreating amid violence and confusion to the basement lair of the Invisible Man he imagines himself to be. The book is a passionate and witty tour de force of style, strongly influenced by T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land, Joyce and the Dostoevsky.
October 18, 2017 – Hold Still by Sally Mann
A memoir and family history from acclaimed photographer Sally Mann told through lyrical prose and photographs. “In this groundbreaking book, a unique interplay of narrative and image, Mann’s preoccupation with family, race, mortality, and the storied landscape of the American South are revealed as almost genetically predetermined, written into her DNA by the family history that precedes her.”
November 15, 2017 – Lila by Marilynne Robinson
Abandoning her homeless existence to become a minister’s wife, Lila reflects on her hardscrabble life on the run with a canny young drifter and her efforts to reconcile her painful past with her husband’s gentle Christian worldview.
December 20, 2017 – The Moor’s Account by Laila Lalami
In this stunning work of historical fiction, Laili Lalami brings us the imagined memoirs of the first black explorer of America — a Moroccan slave whose testimony was left out of the official record.