Madison Library meeting room

After opening the external doors of the library, the meeting room is located on your right.

Literary Giants: The Color Purple

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Monday, February 27, 2006 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Winner of the American Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize, this unforgettable portrait of a young black girl, her friends, family, and lovers is rich with passion, pain, inspiration, and an indomitable love of life. Celie is a poor black woman whose letters tell the story of 20 years of her life, beginning at age 14 when she is being abused and raped by her father and attempting to protect her sister from the same fate, and continuing over the course of her marriage to "Mister," a brutal man who terrorizes her.

Literary Giants: The Emperor of Ocean Park

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Monday, July 26, 2004 - 7:30pm - 8:30pm

In his triumphant fictional debut, Stephen Carter combines a large-scale, riveting novel of suspense with the saga of a unique family. The Emperor of Ocean Park is set in two privileged worlds: the upper crust African American society of the Eastern seaboard -- families who summer at Martha's Vineyard -- and the inner circle of an Ivy League law school.

Literary Giants: House of Sand and Fog

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Monday, March 31, 2003 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

In this page-turning, breathtaking novel, the characters will walk off the page and into your life. House of Sand and Fog is a narrative triumph in which a traditional immigrant success story and a modern love story are turned upside down with brutal, heartrending consequences. It is an American tragedy, and a shockingly true picture of the country we live in today. (Club Rating: 8)

Literary Giants: Manhunt

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Monday, February 23, 2009 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

The murder of Abraham Lincoln set off the greatest manhunt in American history - the pursuit and capture of John Wilkes Booth. From April 14 to April 26, 1865, the assassin led Union cavalry and detectives on a wild twelve-day chase through the streets of Washington, D.C., across the swamps of Maryland, and into the forests of Virginia, while the nation, still reeling from the just-ended Civil War, watched in horror and sadness.

Knit 1, Read Too! - gods in Alabama

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, October 19, 2005 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm

When Arlene Fleet heads up north for college, she makes three promises to God: She will stop fornicating with every boy who crosses her path; never tell another lie; and never, ever go back to the "fourth rack of hell," her hometown of Possett, Alabama. All she wants from Him is one little miracle: make sure the body is never found. (Club Rating: 7)

Knit 1, Read Too! Book Club - The Wife

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, June 24, 2009 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm

The moment Joan Castleman decides to leave her husband, they are thirty-five thousand feet above the ocean on a flight to Helsinki. Joan's husband, Joseph, is one of America's preeminent novelists, about to receive a prestigious international award, and Joan, who has spent forty years subjugating her own literary talents to fan the flames of his career, has finally decided to stop.

Knit 1, Read Too! - Devil in the White City

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, September 19, 2007 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm

Before the turn of the 20th century, a shining city emerged out of the ash of old Chicago, a dirty, grimy, teeming place ravaged by urban problems. While the great city of the future was hastily being planned and built for the 1892 World's Fair, the specially equipped apartment building of one Herman Webster Mudgett was also being constructed. Mudgett was an early serial killer who preyed on the young female fairgoers pouring into Chicago.

Knit 1, Read Too! - We Are All Welcome Here

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, July 18, 2007 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm

It is the summer of 1964. In Tupelo, Mississippi, the town of Elvis's birth, tensions are mounting over civil-rights demonstrations occurring ever more frequently--and violently--across the state. But in Paige Dunn's small, ramshackle house, there are more immediate concerns. Challenged by the effects of the polio she contracted during her last month of pregnancy, Paige is nonetheless determined to live as normal a life as possible and to raise her daughter, Diana, in the way she sees fit--with the support of her tough-talking black caregiver, Peacie.

Knit 1, Read Too! - Mrs. Dalloway

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, November 21, 2007 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Heralded as Virginia Woolf's greatest novel, this is a vivid portrait of a single day in a woman's life. When we meet her, Mrs. Clarissa Dalloway is preoccupied with the last-minute details of party preparation while in her mind she is something much more than a perfect society hostess. As she readies her house, she is flooded with remembrances of faraway times. And, met with the realities of the present, Clarissa reexamines the choices that brought her there, hesitantly looking ahead to the unfamiliar work of growing old.

Knit 1, Read Too! - Pride and Prejudice

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, October 17, 2007 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm

Wealthy Mr. Darcy and spirited Elizabeth Bennett dislike each other at first sight, and each must contend with their pride and prejudices while Elizabeth's mother plots economically advantageous marriages for all her daughters.

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