Literary Giants Book Club

Literary Giants: Midnight's Children

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Monday, July 29, 2013 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

The life of a man born at the moment of India's independence becomes inextricably linked to that of his nation and is a whirlwind of disasters and triumphs that mirror modern India's course, in a twenty-fifth anniversary edition of the Booker Prize-winning novel.

Literary Giants: Gone With the Wind

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Monday, June 24, 2013 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

After the Civil War sweeps away the genteel life to which she has been accustomed, Scarlett O'Hara sets about to salvage her plantation home.

Literary Giants: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Monday, April 29, 2013 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Sherlock Holmes is the mastermind detective of the ages. Here, in one volume, are three of Sherlock's most celebrated cases -The Red Headed League, The Copper Beeches, The Speckled Band.

Literary Giants: The Night Circus

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

A fierce competition is underway--a duel between two young circus magicians who have been trained since childhood for this purpose. This is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will.

Literary Giants: The Swerve

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

Winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Non-Fiction Winner of the 2011 National Book Award for Non-Fiction One of the world's most celebrated scholars, Stephen Greenblatt has crafted both an innovative work of history and a thrilling story of discovery, in which one manuscript, plucked from a thousand years of neglect, changed the course of human thought and made possible the world as we know it.

Literary Giants: The Forgotten Garden

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Monday, January 28, 2013 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

In 1913 London, a little girl plays hide-and-seek on the deck of a ship while waiting for the woman who left her there to return. But as darkness comes, the girl is still alone when the ship pulls out from the dock and steams away on a long, grueling journey to Australia. There, the dock master and his wife take in the small castaway who is carrying nothing but a child's white suitcase containing a few clothes and a book of fairytales. They name her Nell and raise her as their own. It's not until her twenty-first birthday that they tell her the truth.

Literary Giants: The Emperor of All Maladies

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Monday, November 26, 2012 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

The Emperor of All Maladies is a magnificent, profoundly humane "biography" of cancer--from its first documented appearances thousands of years ago through the epic battles in the twentieth century to cure, control, and conquer it to a radical new understanding of its essence. Physician, researcher, and award-winning science writer, Siddhartha Mukherjee examines cancer with a cellular biologist's precision, a historian's perspective, and a biographer's passion.

Literary Giants: The Dovekeepers

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Monday, October 29, 2012 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Over five years in the writing, Alice Hoffman's most ambitious and mesmerizing novel ever, a triumph of imagination and research set in ancient Israel. The author of such iconic bestsellers as Illumination Night, Practical Magic, Fortune's Daughter, and Oprah's Book Club selection Here on Earth, Alice Hoffman is one of the most popular and memorable writers of her generation. Now, in The Dovekeepers, Hoffman delivers her most masterful work yet--one that draws on her passion for mythology, magic, and archaeology and her inimitable understanding of women.

Literary Giants: The Picture of Dorian Gray

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Monday, September 24, 2012 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Written in his distinctively dazzling manner, Oscar Wilde's story of a fashionable young man who sells his soul for eternal youth and beauty is the author's most popular work.

Literary Giants: Year of Wonders

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Monday, August 27, 2012 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

This gripping historical novel is based on the true story of Eyam, the "Plague Village", in the rugged mountain spine of England. In 1666, a tainted bolt of cloth from London carries bubonic infection to this isolated settlement of shepherds and lead miners. A visionary young preacher convinces the villagers to seal themselves off in a deadly quarantine to prevent the spread of disease.

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