Madison Public Library

Literary Giants: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Monday, April 26, 2010 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Perhaps the best-loved nineteenth-century American novel, Mark Twain's tale of boyhood adventure overflows with comedy, warmth, and slapstick energy. It brings to life and array of irresistible characters—the awesomely self-confident Tom, his best buddy Huck Finn, indulgent Aunt Polly, and the lovely, beguiling Becky—as well as such unforgettable incidents as whitewashing a fence, swearing an oath in blood, and getting lost in a dark and labyrinthine cave. This novel is the 2010 selection for Alabama's state-wide The Big Read.

Literary Giants: Mr. Vertigo

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Monday, March 29, 2010 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Walter Claireborne Rawley, now an octogenarian, recounts his extraordinary vaudevillian adventures as "Walt the Wonder Boy" in 1924.

Madison Murder Ink: The Two Minute Rule

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Thursday, April 8, 2010 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Two minutes, in and out, that's the rule for robbing banks in this page-turning action ride around L.A. from bestseller Crais (Hostage). Break that rule, and you can end up like Marchenko and Parsons, dying in a violent shoot-out on the streets, the fortune from their string of heists deeply hidden. Max Holman certainly knows the time limit better than most. Dubbed the "hero bandit" by the press, he got caught during a robbery after he stopped to perform CPR on a bank customer who had a heart attack.

Madison Murder, Ink.: Metzger's Dog

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Thursday, March 11, 2010 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

When Leroy "Chinese" Gordon and his friends break into a professor's lab at the University to steal pharmaceutical cocaine, they find a blueprint for throwing a large city into chaos. But how is the CIA to be persuaded to pay a suitable ransom unless someone actually uses the plan--throwing Los Angeles into chaos, for instance?

Knit 1, Read Too!: The Story of Edgar Sawtelle

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, November 17, 2010 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Born mute, speaking only in sign, Edgar Sawtelle leads an idyllic life with his parents on their farm in remote northern Wisconsin. For generations, the Sawtelles have raised and trained a fictional breed of dog whose thoughtful companionship is epitomized by Almondine, Edgar's lifelong friend and ally. But with the unexpected return of Claude, Edgar's paternal uncle, turmoil consumes the Sawtelles' once peaceful home. When Edgar's father dies suddenly, Claude insinuates himself into the life of the farm--and into Edgar's mother's affections.

Knit 1, Read Too!: Dracula

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, October 20, 2010 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Dracula chronicles the vampire's journey from Transylvania to the nighttime streets of London. There, he searches for the blood of strong men and beautiful women while his enemies plot to rid the world of his frightful power. In it, Stoker created a new word for terror, a new myth to feed our nightmares, and a character who will outlive us all.

Knit 1, Read Too!: The Magician's Assistant

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm

A secretive magician's death becomes the catalyst for his partner's journey of self-discovery.

Knit 1, Read Too!: The Piano Teacher

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, August 18, 2010 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm

In 1942, Englishman Will Truesdale falls headlong into a passionate relationship with Trudy Liang, a beautiful Eurasian socialite. But their affair is soon threatened by the invasion of the Japanese as World War II overwhelms their part of the world. Ten years later, Claire Pendleton comes to Hong Kong to work as a piano teacher and also begins a fateful affair. As the threads of this spellbinding novel intertwine, impossible choices emerge-between love and safety, courage and survival, the present, and above all, the past.

Knit 1, Read Too!: Cutting for Stone

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, July 21, 2010 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Knit 1, Read Too!: Elegance of the Hedgehog

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, June 16, 2010 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm

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