Madison Public Library

Knit 1, Read Too: Bel Canto

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

Somewhere in South America, at the home of the country's vice president, a lavish birthday party is being held in honor of Mr. Hosokawa, a powerful Japanese businessman. Roxanne Coss, opera's most revered soprano, has mesmerized the international guests with her singing. It is a perfect evening—until a band of gun-wielding terrorists breaks in through the air-conditioning vents and takes the entire party hostage.

Knit 1, Read Too! - Midwives

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, May 21, 2008 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm

Sibyl Danforth has been a dedicated midwife in the rural community of Reddington, Vermont, for 15 years. But one treacherous winter night, in a house isolated by icy roads and failed telephone lines, Sibyl takes desperate measures to save a baby's life. She performs an emergency Caesarean on its mother, who appears to have died in labor. But what if--as Sibyl's assistant later charges--the patient wasn't already dead, and it was Sibyl who inadvertently killed her? 

Knit 1, Read Too! - Crossing to Safety

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, March 28, 2007 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm

Beginning in the 1930s and finishing in the 1980s, this is a tale of a friendship of enormous beauty and power between two couples of widely different backgrounds. Called a "magnificently crafted story...brimming with wisdom" (Howard Frank Mosher in The Washington Post Book World), Crossing to Safety has, since its publication in 1987, established itself as one of the greatest and most cherished American novels of the twentieth century.

Knit 1, Read Too! - The Maltese Falcon

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, April 16, 2008 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm

Sam Spade is a partner in a private-eye firm who finds himself hounded by police when his partner is killed while tailing a man. The woman who asked his partner to follow the man turns out to be someone who is not what she says she is, and is really involved in something to do with the 'Maltese Falcon', a gold-encrusted life-sized statue of a falcon, the only one of its kind.

Knit 1, Read Too! - Gilead

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, January 17, 2007 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm

As the Reverend John Ames approaches the hour of his own death, he writes a letter to his son chronicling three previous generations of his family, a story that stretches back to the Civil War and reveals uncomfortable family secrets.

Knit 1, Read Too - Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, June 18, 2008 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm

In 19th-century China, seven-year-old Lily is paired with a laotong, "old same," in an emotional match that will last a lifetime. The laotong, Snow Flower, introduces herself by sending Lily a silk fan on which she's painted a poem in nu shu, a unique language that Chinese women created in order to communicate in secret, away from the influence of men. As the years pass, Lily and Snow Flower send messages on fans, compose stories on handkerchiefs, reaching out of isolation to share their hopes, dreams, and accomplishments. 

Knit 1, Read Too! - A Thread of Grace

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, November 15, 2006 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm

In September 1943, Claudette Blum and her father flee across the Alps into Italy with other Jews seeking refuge, only to find an open battle ground among the Nazis, Allied forces, resistance fighters, and ordinary Italians struggling to survive.

Knit 1, Read Too! - Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, July 16, 2008 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm

The British-born Fuller grew up in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), losing three siblings to disease as her father fought in the Rhodesian civil war and her mother managed the farm. She approaches her childhood with reserve, leaving many stories open to interpretation while also maintaining a remarkable clarity about what really transpired in her homeland, in her own home, and in her head.

Knit 1, Read Too! - Night

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, September 20, 2006 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm

How can the God he once so fervently believed in have allowed these monstrous events to occur?

Knit 1, Read Too! - Three Junes

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, August 16, 2006 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm

Scotsman Paul McLeod, the father of three grown sons, is newly widowed and on a group tour of the Greek islands as he reminisces about how he met and married his deceased wife and created their family.

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