When the kids go back to school, pick up your books and join in the free Mark Johnston Book Discussion Series at Chester Public Library. This fall, Marsha Bansavage, an educator who has taught Contemporary Literature among other English courses, will be leading the discussion series.
The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown will be discussed on Wednesdays, Oct. 8 and 15, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Sometimes described as “Chariots of Fire with oars,” The Boys in the Boat tells the tale of the 1936 U.S. men’s Olympic rowing team—“nine working class boys who stormed the rowing world, transformed the sport, and galvanized the attention of millions of Americans. Against the grim backdrop of the Great Depression, they reaffirmed the American notion that merit, in the end, outweighs birthright. They reminded the country of what can be done when everyone quite literally pulls together. And they provided hope that in the titanic struggle that lay just ahead, the ruthless might of the Nazis would not prevail over American grit, determination, and optimism.” A New York Times bestseller, Boys in the Boat won the 2014 Indies Choice Award for nonfiction.
Dear Life, a book of 14 short stories by the award-winning Alice Munro, will be the topic of a lunchtime discussion on Tuesday, Oct. 21, from noon to 1 p.m. Alice Munro “creates tales that have the scope and amplitude of novels: whole lives are condensed into a handful of pages, the progress of love is charted over the years as passion gives way to restlessness or deeper commitment or something more ambiguous.” Dear Life contains 14 such stories, including four pieces that are, as the author describes them “not quite stories.” Rather, she says they are “the first and last — and the closest — things I have to say about my own life”… snapshots of childhood in a small Canadian town and perfect for sampling during lunch. You bring a brown bag; the Friends of the Library will provide beverages and dessert.
Books in multiple formats are available at Chester Library while ebooks of both titles are available through Overdrive. Please register in advance either at the library or by calling the library at 860-526-0018.