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Antonya Nelson - Thursday, October 21
Alexander McCall Smith - Saturday, October 23
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Bound ANTONYA NELSON will read from
Thursday, October 21 at 7 PM

Critically acclaimed novelist and short story writer Nelson has written her first novel in a decade. Bound is "a brief, sorrowfully comic novel about family dysfunction that considers everyone's contribution—parents, children, spouses, even pets." (Kirkus Reviews). Nelson's story of tangled lives is set in a Wichita riveted by the reemergence of the infamous serial killer known as BTK (Blind, Torture and Kill).

A married couple, Catherine and Oliver, are negotiating their difference in age and a plethora of well-concealed secrets. Oliver, now in his sixties, is a serial adulterer who has just fallen in love yet again. Catherine seems placid and content, but has ghosts of a past she scarcely remembers. When her long-forgotten high school friend dies and leaves Catherine the guardian of her teenage daughter, that past comes rushing back. As Oliver manages his new love, and Catherine her new charge and darker past, the local news focuses on a serial killer who has reappeared after years of quiet.

Nelson's sleekly powerful turbine of a novel riffs cannily on the many meanings of bound.” — Booklist

The Charming Quirks of Others ALEXANDER MCCALL SMITH will read from
The Charming Quirks of Others
Saturday, October 23 at 7 PM

Join us for a delightful evening with the author of the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency novels and the Isabel Dalhousie series. McCall Smith will read from his latest Isabel Dalhousie novel, in which our inquisitive heroine has been asked by two close friends for help in a tricky situation: A successor is being sought for the headmaster position at a local boys' school, and according to an anonymous letter, one of the three finalists has a very serious skeleton in the closet.

What Isabel discovers about all the candidates is surprising, but what she discovers about herself and about Jamie, the father of her young son, turns out to be equally revealing. As she gains some valuable insights into human nature, she simultaneously struggles to come to terms with her own imperfections.

With Isabel's shrewd and frequently funny assessments of people, and McCall Smith's heady quotations from W. H. Auden, among others, the Isabel Dalhousie series continues to instruct and amuse.” — Booklist

More Upcoming October Events:

    Practice Aloha: Secrets to Living Life Hawaiian Style
    Tuesday, October 26 at 7 PM

  • MICHAEL KRASNY will discuss
    Spiritual Envy: An Agnostic's Quest
    Thursday, October 28 at 7 PM

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