November's Books Plus and Author Visit

Miracle at St. AnnaAs the leaves turn bright orange and the cold weather returns, it feels great to curl up with a good book. Why not transport yourself back to Italy during World War II with James McBride's Miracle at St. Anna? Join us for a book discussion this coming Sunday. Also, the MCPL Friends of the Library will be hosting "An Evening with James McBride" on November 12th. If you can come to both events, that would be great. If not, we hope to see you at our Books Plus talk.

McBride, who also wrote the best-selling memoir The Color of Water about growing up in a mixed-race family, is also a jazz musician. Miracle of St. Anna tells the story of a soldier in the 92nd all-black Buffalo Division during World War II. Four of these GIs take care of a traumatized Italian boy. The book examines issues of race, war, and evil as well as the nature of love and caring.

For more details of this and future programs, please see below.
Books Plus meets the first Sunday of each month. All are welcome. Join the discussion or simply come to listen.
2 p.m., First Sundays


November 6 - Miracle at St. Anna by James McBride
Discussion Leader--Wendy Rubin
"In Miracle at St. Anna, James McBride, author of the bestselling memoir The Color of Water, tells a war story that, like all great tales of conflict, connects the enormous tragedy of war with the intimate stories of individual soldiers." - Paul Ford

December 4 - Annual Holiday Tea and Open House
Please come and share some of your favorite reads of the year. We'll also hand out recommended book lists for 2011. The Friends of the Library will provide delicious desserts.

January - Happy New Year!
No discussion.

February 5 - Your Blues Ain't Like Mine by Bebe Moore Campbell
Discussion led by Sarah Bowman
This book examines a murder of a young black man during the Civil Rights Era in Mississippi. Events of the murder and trial (by an all-white jury) affect everyone in the small town and change people forever.