Book Club Hits & Last Minute Beach Reads

Book Club Hits & Last Minute Beach Reads

Where the Crawdads Sing: A Conversation with Delia Owens

Saturday, October 12, 3:30pm-4:45pm Harris Theater

George Mason University

Delia Owens takes to the stage to discuss her #1 New York Times bestselling novel Where the Crawdads Sing. The book follows “Marsh Girl” Kya Clark, who has survived for years alone in the lush marshes of North Carolina. Two local boys become enraptured by her wild beauty and when someone is murdered, the town suspects her. The New York Times Book Review calls it “A painfully beautiful first novel that is at once a murder mystery, a coming-of-age narrative and a celebration of nature.” Where the Crawdads Sing is the top-selling book of 2019.  Sponsored by the Fairfax Library Foundation.

Now I Long For Yesterday: Searching for Truth

Saturday, October 12, 1pm-2:15pm

Merten Hall, Room 1202

Called “A compelling, atmospheric family drama” by People, Susan Richards Shreve‘s latest book, More News Tomorrow, follows Georgie and her parents on parallel trips up the dangerous Bone River in 2008 and 1914, as Georgie tries to uncover the mystery of her mother’s murder and her father’s confession.

Cults, Faith, and Complicated Love

Friday, October 11th, 5:30pm-6:45pm

Fenwick Library Reading Room, 2nd Floor Room 2001

R.O. Kwon’s debut novel, The Incendiaries, examines grief, faith, cult-culture, insidious violence, and a complicated love story in the tale of two students at a prestigious university. Named one of the best books of the year NPR and the Washington Post, The Incendiaries is, according to the New York Times Book Review, a “dark, absorbing story of how first love can be as intoxicating and dangerous as religious fundamentalism.”
Sponsored by the Creative Writing Program.

Only the Lonely: Desire and Obsession to Belong

Saturday, October 12, 2:15pm-3:30pm

Merten Tent

Both Mona Awad’s novel Bunny, and Laura Sims Looker follow complex women who become consumed with their deep-seated need to feel a sense of connection and belonging. While Bunny’s Samantha is drawn into an MFA-inspired cult of curious characters, Looker’s unnamed narrator is obsessed with her dazzling celebrity neighbor.

Building a World: 3 Authors Discuss Time, Place, and Character

Thursday, October 10th, 10:30am-11:45am

Johnson Center, 3rd Floor, Meeting Room G

From Holland in 1633 to Minnesota in the 1950’s to a fictional city close to the present, Carrie Callaghan, author of A Light of Her Own, J. Ryan Stradal, author of The Lagar Queen of Minnesota, and Bruce Holsinger author of The Gifted School, know that time, place, and character make an historical or fictionalized world a reality. Join the authors as they discuss how these literary elements come together.

Love and Loss in the Caribbean

Saturday, October 12th, 11:45am-1:00pm

Merten Hall, Room 1203

Curdella Forbes’A Tall History of Sugar, follws a Jamaican love affair spanning 50 years, that Publisher’s Weekly calls “an unlikely love story as well as a haunting, hypnotic piece of postcolonial Jamaican history.” Katia D. Ulysse‘s Mouths Don’t Speak, revolves around a Haitian immigrant’s guilt-ridden and sorrowful return to her home after the 2010 Haitian erthquake. Publisher’s Weekly calls it “a harrowing, thoughtful dive into the aftermath of national and personal tragedies filtered through diasporic life.”

Politics & Pretend: Reality Meets Fiction

Saturday, October 12th, 11:45am-1:00pm

Merten Hall, Room 1202

Christina Dalcher’s Vox presents a world without women’s voices, Raima Larter’s Fearless imagines a future where one woman feels no fear, and Henry Brinton’s City of Peace tries to conceive of a bridge between today’s many polarizing divisions. Cosmopolitan notes that “the real-life parallels [in Vox] will make you shiver.” Join all three authors as they discuss the powerful connection between fictional stories and the larger social and political structures that impact our everyday lives.

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