KHCPL’s book discussion program kicks off in September. We have selected an exciting and diverse group of books for the 2016/2017 program. Multiple copies of each selection will be available at each location one month prior to its discussion. Audio, large print, and digital editions may also be available, and KHCPL staff members will be happy to place a hold on these items for you.
Participants may attend any or all discussions. To register for book discussions, simply contact the KHCPL location at which you wish to attend. Discussions are held on the first Friday of the month at KHCPL Russiaville, the second Wednesday of the month at KHCPL Main, and on the third Thursday of the month at KHCPL South.
Girl Waits with Gun by Amy Stewart was inspired by the unbelievable true story of Constance Kopp who in 1914 became one of the first female deputy sheriffs. After Kopp sisters’ horse and buggy is struck by an automobile driven by an unscrupulous factory owner, Constance attempts to collect $50 in damages. Rather than pay up, he unleashes his gang of thugs on the sisters. Threats quickly give way to bricks, which escalate to arson and bullets, but Constance sticks to her guns and insists upon seeking justice through the law.
September 14, 2016 · 10:00 am @ KHCPL Main
January 19, 2017 · 6:30 pm @ KHCPL South
April 7, 2017 · 10:30 am @ KHCPL Russiaville
H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald is a heartfelt memoir of bereavement. After the unexpected death of her father, Macdonald channels her grief into training a goshawk, a sometimes insurmountable challenge for the most experienced falconers. For guidance and consolation, she turns to the author of The Once and Future King T.H. White’s account of his failed attempt to tame the same bird. The resulting book is a mix of biography, falconry, folklore, and literary meditation.
October 12, 2016 · 10:00 am @ KHCPL Main
February 16, 2017 · 6:30 pm @ KHCPL South
May 5, 2017 · 10:30 am @ KHCPL Russiaville
The Martian by Andy Weir is the thrilling story of astronaut Mark Watney who, after being mistakenly assumed dead, was abandoned on Mars by his crewmates. Through a series of log entries, Watney describes his struggle to survive and his attempt to return to earth. The unique blend of actual hard science, action adventure, and pop culture narrated by a character who is a likeable funny everyman makes this a book that both science fiction fans and ordinary readers will enjoy.
September 15, 2016 · 6:30 pm @ KHCPL South
January 6, 2017 · 10:30 am @ KHCPL Russiaville
March 8, 2017 · 10:00 am @ KHCPL Main
October 20, 2016 · 6:30 pm @ KHCPL South
February 3, 2017 · 10:30 am @ KHCPL Russiaville
April 12, 2017 · 10:00 am @ KHCPL Main
Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf is the poignant bittersweet story of widow Addie Moore and widower Louis Waters. When Addie presents Louis with the proposal that they keep each other company at night, town gossip ignites. The pair quickly form a deepening bond through nights of shared memories until meddling relatives wage a campaign to keep them apart. This is a powerful contemplation of love, grief, and aging.
October 7, 2016 · 10:30 am @ KHCPL Russiaville
January 11, 2017 · 10:00 am @ KHCPL Main
no discussion at KHCPL South
The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey is set against the brutal landscape of 1920s Alaska. As childless couple Jack and Mabel struggle to survive on their homestead, they encounter a mysterious girl living feral in the wilderness. Uncertain whether she is real child or a supernatural being, she quickly becomes a surrogate daughter to them, vanishing each year when the snow melts and returning each year when the snow begins to fall.
March 3, 2017 · 10:30 am @ KHCPL Russiaville
May 10, 2017 · 10:00 am @ KHCPL Main
no discussion at KHCPL South
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin is the story of a persnickety bookstore owner on a small island off the coast of Massachusetts. Still mourning the death of his wife, A.J. drinks himself into a stupor one night only to discover his priceless rare book has been stolen when he wakes up. Things take an even stranger turn when, shortly thereafter, a baby is abandoned in his store while he is out jogging.
September 2, 2016 · 10:30 am @ KHCPL Russiaville
November 9, 2016 · 10:00 am @ KHCPL Main
March 16, 2017 · 6:30 pm @ KHCPL South
Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt is set during the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s. After the death of her beloved uncle Finn, 14-year-old June feels like she has lost the only person who ever understood her. She secretly forms a friendship with her uncle’s partner whom the family blames for Finn’s death, and together they navigate their immense grief.
November 4, 2016 · 10:30 am @ KHCPL Russiaville
February 8, 2017 · 10:00 am @ KHCPL Main
May 18, 2017 · 6:30 pm @ KHCPL South
The Flying Circus by Susan Crandall follows Henry Schuler, a child of German immigrants on the run for a crime he didn’t commit, Charles “Gil” Gilchrist, a WWI pilot struggling with guilt and trauma, and Cora Rose Haviland, a rebellious high society girl escaping an arranged marriage designed to salvage her family’s fortune, as their lives unexpectedly intertwine. Together they find themselves traveling the Midwest with a flying circus.
Please join us for the Howard County Reads #1 book discussion.
October 19, 2016 · 6:00 pm @ KHCPL South.
Howard County Reads Author Event with Susan Crandall will be held at Kresge Auditorium.
November 17, 2016 · 7:00 pm @ IU Kokomo.
KHCPL South will host the interactive exhibition Discover Tech from February 22 to May 19, 2017. This exhibition will introduce young audiences to engineering and technology -- both high- and low-tech. As part of the celebration, there will be a special discussion of a STEM-focused book. Stay tuned for the book announcement.
Please join us for the Discover Tech book discussion.
April 20, 2017 · 6:30 pm @ KHCPL South