Sunday, March 14, 2010

“Are They Mysteries?” Book Discussion Series Continues

The Haverhill Corner Library’s book discussion series “Are They Mysteries?” will continue Monday, March 15, with a discussion of The Yiddish Policemen’s Union by Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Michael Chabon.

The discussion will be held at the library at 7:00 PM and will be free and open to the public. Copies of the book are available to borrow from the library in advance of the discussion.

Set in an alternative Alaska where Jewish refugees from Europe have flourished for sixty years in the Federal District of Sitka, the novel tells the story of Detective Meyer Landsman’s investigation of a murder committed in the hotel where he lives. The book has been hailed as “beautiful and breakneck” (Washington Post Book World), featuring “one of the most appealing detective heroes to come along since Sam Spade or Philip Marlowe” (New York Times). “The pure reach and music and weight of Chabon’s imagination are extraordinary, born of brilliant ambition you don't even notice because it is so deeply entertaining” (Washington Post Book World).

Michael Chabon won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for his novel The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, while The Yiddish Policemen’s Union won both the Hugo Award and the Nebula Award, and was a finalist for the Edgar Allan Poe Award. Chabon’s other novels include The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, Wonder Boys, The Final Solution, and Gentlemen of the Road. His most recent book is a collection of essays, Manhood for Amateurs.

The “Are They Mysteries?” discussion series features books by literary writers working in the crime or mystery genre. Meetings are held on the third Monday of the month through June, and future sessions will feature works by Jonathan Lethem, China Miéville, and Thomas Pynchon.

Copies of all books are available to borrow from the Haverhill Corner Library thanks to support from the New Hampshire Humanities Council and the Woodsville Book Store.

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