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Margaret Atwood at the Inprint Reading Series

The Year of the FloodDon't miss a chance to hear Margaret Atwood read from her most recent novel, The Year of The Flood, on January 23, at 7:30 pm.  She will be appearing at the Cullen Theatre, Wortham Center, as part of the Inprint Reading Series.  

West University Book Club-Selection for January 4

The Professor and the MadmanTitle to be discussed:  The Professor and the Madman, by Simon Winchester.  Wednesday January  4, at 11:00 am.  Review: “Remarkably readable, this chronicle of lexicography roams from the great dictionary itself to hidden nooks in the human psyche that sometimes house the motives for murder, the sources for sanity, and the blueprint for creativity.&r

West University Book Club-Selection for December 7

Title to be discussed: Remember Ben Clayton, by Stephen Harrigan.  Wednesday December 7, 2011.  Review: “Like the statue at its center, Harrigan’s novel is a stunning work of art resting on a solid base of heartbreak.  The action ranges from the Texas plains to the devastated northern French landscape, with the presence of the violent Wild West strongly lingering. . . . The story builds with determined momentum, providing a grimly vivid sense of place and deep insight into the creative process and family relationships.   Harrigan’s The Gates of the Alamo has become a modern classic, and his latest deserves similar acclaim.”—Sarah Johnson, Booklist (starred)
 

Fall Booksale at WU

Check out the book bargains at the Friends of the West University Library used Book sale on Saturday, November 5 from 10 AM to 2 PM. The sale will be held on the covered walkway surrounding West University Library at 6108 Auden Street. All proceeds benefit the programs and collections of the library. For further information or to donate books, call 713-668-8273.
 

West University Book Club-Selection for November 2

Started Early Took My DogTitle to be discussed: Started Early, Took My Dog, by Kate Atkinson.  Wednesday November 2, at 11 am.  Review: British author Atkinson's magnificently plotted fourth novel featuring Jackson Brodie (after When Will There Be Good News?) takes the "semi-retired" PI back to his Yorkshire hometown to trace the biological parents of Hope McMasters, a woman adopted by a couple in the 1970s at age two.

Inprint Brown Reading Series

I would like to encourage everyone to attend the Inprint Brown Reading Series.  For more than 25 years Inprint has been bringing the world's leading writers to Houston.  The Series continues on October 10th with Booker Prize winning author of The English Patient, Michael Ondaatje, reading from his new novel The Cat's Table.   Check out the Inprint website for a complete listing of the readings this year, and for ticket information. 

West University Book Club-Selection for October 5

GileadTitle to be discussed: Gilead, by Marilynne Robinson.  Wednesday October 5, at 11 am.  Review: "[A] work of profound beauty and wonder....Millennia of philosophical musings and a century of American history are refracted through the prism of Robinson's exquisite and uplifting novel as she illuminates the heart of a mystic, poet, and humanist." Booklist
 

Summer Reading Program Winner

SRP Winner-Fran ScottFran Scott is the winner of a $50 gift certificate from Amazon.  She successfully completed ReaderNation, and her name was chosen from all the participants at West University Library.  Ms. Scott is a part time Reference Librarian at the Missouri City Library of Fort Bend County.  She obtained her MLS from the University of Denver, and worked in cataloging for the University of Houston for about 5 years, before going on to pursue a career outside of libraries.  She returned to libraries two years ago. Her manager at Missouri City Library encouraged her to take part in all the summer reading programs that were being offered in Houston.  Although she had never visited West University Library prior to winning her gift card, she obtained a library card during her first visit and promised to come back.

West University Book Club-Selection for September 7

One Amazing ThingTitle to be discussed: One Amazing Thing, by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni.  Wednesday September 7, at 11 a.m.  Summary: When an earthquake hits, nine men and women of diverse ages and backgrounds are trapped in an Indian consulate. Cameron, an African American Vietnam vet, takes charge, striving to keep them safe.

The 2011 Lariat Reading List

Belfer, Lauren. Fierce Radiance. HarperCollins.

  • On the eve of World War II, when Life photojournalist Claire Shipley files a story about the development of penicillin, she stumbles upon corporate espionage and murder. An enlightening look at life before antibiotics.

Billingsley, ReShonda Tate. Holy Rollers. Gallery/Simon and Schuster.

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