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Alexander McCall Smith - Saturday, October 23
Mark Ellman & Barbara Santos - Tuesday, October 26
Michael Krasny - Thursday, October 28
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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.

As usual, crisp, often funny prose complements the author's limitless reserve of good will and understanding of people in general.” — Publishers Weekly

Practice Aloha MARK ELLMAN & BARBARA SANTOS will discuss
Practice Aloha: Secrets to Living Life Hawaiian Style
Tuesday, October 26 at 7 PM

Wouldn't it be nice to just slow down, take time to connect with others, and appreciate the world around you? In Practice Aloha: Secrets to Living Life Hawaiian Style, Ellman and Santos encourage readers to do just that. This is what it means to “practice Aloha.”

The authors share personal stories, recipes, song lyrics, and photos from more than 100 Hawaiians. Celebrities, authors, vacationers, and local folks featured include: Dr. Wayne Dyer; chefs Bev Gannon, D.K. Kodama, Peter Merriman, and Sam Choy; entertainers Willie K, Henry Kapono, Jake Shimabukuro, Mick Fleetwood, Todd Rundgren, and Tom Moffatt; politicians Mufi Hannemann, Neil Abercrombie, and J. Kalani English; artists Andrea Smith and Mapuana Schneider; and travel/food writer Shirley Fong Torres.

It's easy to spot the people in Hawaii who practice Aloha. “They offer whatever they can—help, appreciation, expertise, or time—with no expectations,” co-author Santos explains. “They do it as effortlessly as breathing and they keep doing it because it just feels so good to do the right thing.”

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

Meet the award-winning host of NPR's "Forum with Michael Krasny" at this very special and intimate event. A self-declared agnostic, Krasny explores faith's big questions in his new book, Spiritual Envy: An Agnostic's Quest.

As a radio host, college professor, and literary scholar, Krasny has spent decades leading conversations on every topic imaginable. He has discussed life's most important questions with the foremost thinkers in virtually every discipline. And yet, answers to some of the bigger questions elude him, and it is these that Krasny ponders in his book. His quest is informed by the full power of our cultural heritage: artists, scientists, world events, and even films.

“He explores agnosticism the way he explores topics on his daily NPR show, in a thoughtful, informed, and almost conversational tone. The main difference is this isn't just any issue; it's Krasny's own story.” — Booklist

Coming up next month...

  • KATHERINE ELLISON will discuss
    Buzz: A Year of Paying Attention
    Tuesday, November 2 at 7 PM

  • JOEL SELVIN will discuss
    Smart Ass: The Music Journalism of Joel Selvin
    Wednesday , November 3 at 7 PM

  • SIMON WINCHESTER will discuss
    Atlantic: Great Sea Battles, Heroic Discoveries, Titanic Storms, and a Vast Ocean of a Million Stories
    Friday, November 12 at 7 PM

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