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Bookish Events

Bookish Events

Great Books Discussion Group (Virtual)

Fridays @ 10AM on Zoom

December 1 through April 26

Read and discuss classic short works with fellow intellectuals from around the country. Registration required. The Zoom ID/password will be sent via email with your registration confirmation.

The selections to be discussed are widely available from three sources:

The Vintage Book of Contemporary American Short Stories, Edited by Tobias Wolff,  referenced as VB.

Great Short Stories of the Masters, Charles Neider, Editor, referenced as GSS.

Found on the Internet are referenced as INT.

2023 Reading List:


“Mendel the Bookdealer,” Stefan Zweig, Prospero’s Isle, INT

“Every Thing That Rises Must Converge,” Flannery O’Connor, P.538,GSS

“Honeydew,” Edith Pearlman, Library Market, INT

Dec 8, 2023

“Jonny’s Blues,” James Baldwin, North Dakota State Univ. INT

“Cody’s Story,” Robert Olmstead, P.399, VB

“The Passover Guest,” Sholom Aleichem, P.1,GSS

 Dec 15, 2023

“Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” Joyce Carol Oates, P.347,VB

“Those Are As Brothers,” Nancy Hale, Library of America, Story of the Week, INT

“Po Sandy,” Charles W. Chestnut Archive. org INT

Dec 22,2023

“The Eighty Yard Run,” Irwin Shaw, Univ. of Western Ontario, INT

“A White Horse,” Thom Jones, P.291, VB

“The Heavenly Christmas Tree,” Feodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky, P.51, GSS

Dec 29, 2023

“Love in the Night,” F. Scott Fitzgerald, Project Gutenberg Australia, INT

“Talk of Heroes,” Carol Bly, P. 48, VB

“An Evening in Spring,” Ivan Bunin, P20, GSS

Monday Afternoon Book Group

Stay connected and engaged with other avid readers at our Monday Afternoon Book Group.  We read and discuss a variety of current and popular fiction. Participants are asked to supply their own reading copies. We meet at 1 pm on the 4th Monday of the month in the Delray Beach Public Library meeting rooms. 

2023 Reading List

January 23:  The Sentence by Louise Erdrich

February 27:  Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

March 27:  The Netanyahus by Joshua Cohen (Pulitzer Prize winner)

April 24:  The Last White Man by Mohsin Hamid

May 22:  Afterlives by Abdulrazak Gurnah (Nobel Prize 2021 winner)

June 26:  On Juneteenth by Annette Gordon-Reed (non-fiction)


August 28:  Bitter Orange Tree by Jokha Alharthi

September 25:  Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro

October 23:  Horse by Geraldine Brooks

November 27:  A Down Home Meal for These Difficult Times: Stories  by Meron Hadero

December: NO MEETING

2024 Reading List:

January 22:   Trust   by Herman Diaz (Co-Winner Pulitzer Prize)

February 26:  South to America: A Journey below the Mason Dixon Line  by Imani Perry (Winner National Book Award for Nonfiction)

March 25:   Lucy by the Sea by Elizabeth Strout

April 22:  Zero Sum: Stories  Joyce Carol Oates

*May 20:   The Hero of this Book  Elizabeth  McCracken  (*The third Monday due to holiday)

June 24:   The Covenant of Water  by Abraham Vergese

August 26:  Go Went Gone  by Jenny Erpenbeck

September 23:   Let us Descend  by Jesmyn Ward

October 28:  Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver (Co-Winner Pulitzer Prize)

November 25:   If I Survive You by Jonayjam Escoffey

Free; Registration required.

Tuesday Book Group

Meets at 6 pm the 2nd Tuesday of the Month in the Small Meeting Room on the first floor of the Library. Registration is required for social distancing. Participants are asked to supply their own reading copy of the book.

2023 Reading List

January 10:  Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu

February 14:  The Space Between Us by Thirty Umrigar

March 14:  Build Your House Around My Body by Violet Kupersmith

April 11:  The Island of Missing Trees by Elif Shafak

May 9:  Less by Andrew Sean Greer

June 13:  Elena Knows by Claudia Pineiro

July 11:  The Colony by Audrey Magee

August 8:  Fifty Words for Rain by Asha Lemmie

September 12:  Hell of a Book by Jason Mott

October 10:  A Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende

November 14: Dust by Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor

December 12:  Nightcrawling by Leila Mottley

2024 Reading List:

January 9:            The Lying Life of Adults by Elena Ferrante

February 13:      Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver

March 12:           Book of the Unknown Americans by Cristina Henríquez

April 9:                 The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich

May 14:                River Sing Me Home by Eleanor Shearer

June 11:               Covenant of Water by Abraham Verghese

July 9:                  Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

August 13:          Sankofa by Chibundu Onuzo

September 10:  The Heaven and Earth Grocery Store by James McBride

October 8:           The Fraud by Zadie Smith

November 12:   Bitter Orange Tree by Jokha Alharthi

December 10:    The Leavers by Lisa Ko

Free; Registration required.