Literary Giants Book Club

Literary Giants: The Thirteenth Tale

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

Sometimes, when you open the door to the past, what you confront is your destiny. Reclusive author Vida Winter, famous for her collection of twelve enchanting stories, has spent the past six decades penning a series of alternate lives for herself. Now old and ailing, she is ready to reveal the truth about her extraordinary existence and the violent and tragic past she has kept secret for so long. Calling on Margaret Lea, a young biographer troubled by her own painful history, Vida disinters the life she meant to bury for good.

Literary Giants: The Greater Journey

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Monday, June 25, 2012 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

From two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author David McCullough comes the inspiring, enthralling--and until now, untold--story of the American painters, writers, sculptors, and doctors who journeyed to Paris between 1830 and 1900, ambitious to excel in their work, fell in love with the city, and changed America with what they achieved. After risking the hazardous journey across the Atlantic, these Americans embarked on a greater journey in the City of Light. That they achieved so much for themselves and their country profoundly altered American history.

Literary Giants: South of Broad

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

Leopold Bloom King has been raised in a family shattered-and shadowed-by tragedy. Lonely and adrift, he searches for something to sustain him and finds it among a tightly knit group of high school outsiders. Surviving marriages happy and troubled, unrequited loves and unspoken longings, hard-won successes and devastating breakdowns, as well as Charleston, South Carolina's dark legacy of racism and class divisions, these friends will endure until a final test forces them to face something none of them are prepared for.

Literary Giants: In the Garden of Beasts

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Monday, May 21, 2012 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

In this readable narrative, author Larson (The Devil in the White City, Thunderstruck) offers a real-life, eyewitness perspective inside the Nazi hierarchy as Hitler came to power. William E. Dodd, a mild-mannered professor from Chicago, became the first US ambassador to Hitler's Germany in 1933. Dodd, his wife, their son, and their 24-year-old daughter Martha lived in Germany for about five years.

Literary Giants: A Visit from the Goon Squad

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

Working side-by-side for a record label, former punk rocker Bennie Salazar and the passionate Sasha hide illicit secrets from one another while interacting with a motley assortment of equally troubled people from 1970s San Francisco to the post-war future.

Literary Giants: The Warmth of Other Suns

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

Presents an epic history that covers the period from the end of World War I through the 1970s, chronicling the decades-long migration of African Americans from the South to the North and West through the stories of three individuals and their families.

Literary Giants: The Imperfectionists

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

Preoccupied by personal challenges while running a struggling newspaper in Rome, an obituary writer confronts mortality, an eccentric publisher obsesses over his dog, and other staff members uncover the paper's founding by an impulsive millionaire.

Literary Giants: Packing for Mars

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Monday, November 28, 2011 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Space is a world devoid of the things we need to live and thrive: air, gravity, hot showers, fresh produce, privacy, beer. Space exploration is in some ways an exploration of what it means to be human. How much can a person give up? How much weirdness can they take? What happens to you when you can’t walk for a year? have sex? smell flowers? What happens if you vomit in your helmet during a spacewalk? Is it possible for the human body to survive a bailout from space? To answer these questions, space agencies set up all manner of quizzical and startlingly bizarre space simulations.

Literary Giants: Wuthering Heights

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Monday, October 31, 2011 - 6:30pm - 7:45pm

Emily Brontë’s only novel, Wuthering Heights remains one of literature’s most disturbing explorations into the dark side of romantic passion.

Literary Giants: American Pastoral

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Monday, August 29, 2011 - 6:30pm - 7:45pm

A former athletic star, devoted family man, and owner of a thriving glove factory, Seymour "Swede" Levov finds his life coming apart during the social disorder of the 1960s, when his beloved daughter turns revolutionary terrorist out to destroy her father's world.

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