Williamsburg Regional Library staff lead monthly book discussion groups. Here's how to participate:
Contemporary Fiction group
2nd Mondays, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m., Stryker Center
A limited number of copies of the month's book are available from any library facility. Check the displays or ask at the Adult Services reference desk at the buildings, or talk with the mobile library staff about getting your copy.
October (SPECIAL TIME: 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.) : Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, by Ben Fountain. A teen-aged infantryman, newly baptized by fire in a brief but intense battle in Iraq, is on a public relations tour of the US. He and his squad mates are waiting for their featured appearance at a Dallas Cowboys homegame, and Billy gets a new look at the people of the country he's serving.
November: Elegance of the Hedgehog, by Muriel Barbery. Two people in an upscale Paris apartment building hide a dangerous secret - they're both smarter than they look. The sour concierge and a 12-year old tenant live outwardly mediocre lives, until a new neighbor moves in and finds them out.
At our initial meetings, the group discussed books published between 1995 and today, on these themes:
- September 12 - Leaving Home - sample titles
- August 8 - "A Stranger Comes to Town" - sample titles
- July 11 - Best Books, 2013 - 2015 (prize-winning or best-reviewed fiction) - sample titles
- June 13 - Family (any title that deals with family relationships and dynamics) - sample titles
For the themed book groups:
Choose any book that reflects the topic of the month. It can be fiction or nonfiction, adult or young adult.
Briefly introduce yourself and make sure you state the title and author of the book that you read.
Plan to discuss your book for about three minutes.
Don't talk about all the details of the plot; just tell us enough to understand the basic setup.
Some things to think about:
What did you like about the book? Was there something you disliked? What kind of reader might also like it?
What did you think the book’s strengths were – for example, language, characters, setting?
What were its weaknesses?
Did you like the book enough to read more by the same author?
Don't give away the end of the book or the specifics of major plot twists.
History & Biography group at the James City County Library
3rd Thursdays, 2-3 p.m., James City County Library
Participants can read any Fiction or Nonfiction title about times past. During the discussion, everyone will be invited to share a brief review of their selection.
- July 21
- August 18
- September 15
- October 20
- November 17
- December 15
Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Club
3rd Tuesdays, 7-9 p.m., James City County Library
Participants discuss themes and specific books in the realm of speculative fiction. Here's a list of 2016's upcoming themes. Group members read books in the chosen theme, and volunteer leaders talk about the highlights and characteristics of that theme.
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Please contact Readers' Services Librarian Andrew Smith at 259.4050 for more information.