Literary Giants Book Club

Literary Giants: I am Malala : the girl who stood up for education and was shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Monday, August 25, 2014 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education.

On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, when she was fifteen, she almost paid the ultimate price. She was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school, and few expected her to survive.

Literary Giants: Moby-Dick; or, The Whale by Herman Melville

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Monday, July 28, 2014 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

 "Call me Ishmael."

Literary Giants: The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Monday, June 30, 2014 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

As a young Florentine envoy to the courts of France and the Italian principalities, Niccolò Machiavelli (1469-1527) was able to observe firsthand the lives of people strongly united under one powerful ruler.

Literary Giants: King Lear by William Shakespeare

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Monday, April 28, 2014 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

One of Shakespeare's finest tragedies, the work displays a pessimism and nihilism that make it a 20th-century favorite. The aging King Lear decides to divide his kingdom among his three daughters, allotting each a portion in proportion to the eloquence of her declaration of love. The hypocritical Goneril and Regan make grand pronouncements and are rewarded; Cordelia, the youngest daughter, who truly loves Lear, refuses to make an insincere speech to prove her love and is disinherited. The two older sisters mock Lear and renege on their promise to support him.

Literary Giants: Nineteen Eighty-Four

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Monday, March 31, 2014 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Portrays a terrifying vision of life in the future when a totalitarian government, considered a "Negative Utopia," watches over all citizens and directs all activities, becoming more powerful as time goes by..

Literary Giants: A Good Man Is Hard To Find And Other Stories

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Monday, February 24, 2014 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

In 1955, with this short story collection, Flannery O'Connor firmly laid claim to her place as one of the most original and provocative writers of her generation. Steeped in a Southern Gothic tradition that would become synonymous with her name, these stories show O'Connor's unique, grotesque view of life-- infused with religious symbolism, haunted by apocalyptic possibility, sustained by the tragic comedy of human behavior, confronted by the necessity of salvation.

Literary Giants: The Secret Keeper

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Monday, January 27, 2014 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

During a party at the family farm in the English countryside, sixteen-year-old Laurel Nicolson has escaped to her childhood tree house and is dreaming of the future. She spies a stranger coming up the road and sees her mother speak to him. Before the afternoon is over, Laurel will witness a shocking crime that challenges everything she knows about her family and especially her mother, Dorothy. Now, fifty years later, Laurel is a successful and well-regarded actress, living in London.

Literary Giants: Unbroken

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Monday, November 25, 2013 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared. It was that of a young lieutenant, the plane's bombardier, who was struggling to a life raft and pulling himself aboard. So began one of the most extraordinary odysseys of the Second World War. The lieutenant's name was Louis Zamperini.

Literary Giants: Great House

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Monday, September 30, 2013 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

For twenty-five years, a reclusive American novelist has been writing at the desk she inherited from a young Chilean poet who disappeared at the hands of Pinochet's secret police; one day a girl claiming to be the poet's daughter arrives to take it away, sending the writer's life reeling. Across the ocean, in the leafy suburbs of London, a man caring for his dying wife discovers, among her papers, a lock of hair that unravels a terrible secret. In Jerusalem, an antiques dealer slowly reassembles his father's study, plundered by the Nazis in Budapest in 1944.

Literary Giants: Reading Lolita in Tehran

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Monday, August 26, 2013 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

We all have dreams--things we fantasize about doing and generally never get around to. This is the story of Azar Nafisi's dream and of the nightmare that made it come true. For two years before she left Iran in 1997, Nafisi gathered seven young women at her house every Thursday morning to read and discuss forbidden works of Western literature. They were all former students whom she had taught at university. Some came from conservative and religious families, others were progressive and secular; several had spent time in jail.

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