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New time! Join this monthly book club and gain a different perspective on our current exhibition. Bring your lunch, and dive deeper into the theme or subject on display by reading and discussing the book and then receiving a tour of the exhibition. Led by Chief Librarian Christine Catallo. Free and open to the public. Registration required.
March 13: The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
Barcelona, 1945: A city slowly heals in the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War, and Daniel, an antiquarian book dealer’s son who mourns the loss of his mother, finds solace in a mysterious book The Shadow of the Wind, by one Julián Carax. But when he sets out to find the author’s other works, he makes a shocking discovery: someone has been systematically destroying every copy of every book Carax has written. In fact, Daniel may have the last of Carax’s books in existence. Soon Daniel’s seemingly innocent quest opens a door into one of Barcelona’s darkest secrets — an epic story of murder, madness, and doomed love.
April 10: A Gentle Madness: Bibliophiles, Bibliomanes, and the Eternal Passion for Books by Nicholas A. Basbanes
Written before the emergence of the Internet but newly updated for the 21st-century reader, A Gentle Madness captures that last moment in time when collectors pursued their passions in dusty bookshops and street stalls, high-stakes auctions, and the subterfuge worthy of a true bibliomaniac. An adventure among the afflicted, A Gentle Madness is vividly anecdotal and thoroughly researched. Nicholas Basbanes brings an investigative reporter’s heart to illuminate collectors past and present in their pursuit of bibliomania.
*Additional copies of this book (“A Gentle Madness”) are available at the Circulation Desk.