Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Book Club for Writers

The library will hold its second Book Club for Writers discussion on Thursday, January 27 at 7:00 PM. The discussion will focus on two short stories by contemporary writers: “Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned” by Wells Tower and “St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves” by Karen Russell. The discussion is free and open to the public, and copies of the stories are available to borrow in advance. 

Book Club for Writers is a program created by the New Hampshire Writers Project that is designed to bring writers and aspiring writers together to discuss works of fiction from the point of view of craft and technique. The Haverhill edition is coordinated by the fiction writing group that meets weekly at the library. 

Monday, January 10, 2011

Winter Book Discussion Series

The Haverhill Corner Library will sponsor book discussions featuring four American classics this winter. Discussions will be held at the library on the third Monday of the month and will begin at 7:00 PM. They are free and open to the public.

January 17:  The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

February 21:  Billy Budd by Herman Melville

March 21:  Daisy Miller by Henry James

April 18:  Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

The series begins with The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne’s tale of private sin and public condemnation in Puritan New England. Generally considered to be his greatest work, Hawthorne’s novel was an immediate success upon publication and has remained popular ever since. It is frequently adapted for the stage and screen or referenced in popular culture (such as in the 2010 film “Easy A”). The novelist and critic D. H. Lawrence declared it “profound and wonderful . . . the lasting representative book of American literature.”

Copies will be available to borrow from the library in advance.

If you’ve always meant to read some of these American classics, this discussion series is your chance to do so. Or if you read them in high school or college, it’s an opportunity to revisit some books that reward another look. We hope you’ll join us.