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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.

Simply Grimm

Meet the artists of Lone Star Lyric, get a sneak preview of the 2011 season and find out how the Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales come to life in a special event called, Page to Stage. Lone Star Lyric celebrates Season 5 with a festival of brand new operas and musicals called, Simply Grimm.

Join on us on Saturday, June 4, at the West University LIbrary, from 11-12pm.

Art Car Parade

Visit the library at the Houston Art Car Parade this Sunday!  Once again Harris County Public Library will display art book carts, and you may even participate in a craft, or register for a library card.  The parade takes place along the Allen Parkway, and goes from 1 to 3pm.  Join in the fun!

Spring Booksale at WU

Check out the book bargains at the Friends of the West University Library used Book sale on Saturday, May 21 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 May 4

When the Emperor Was DivineTitle to be discussed: When the Emperor Was Divine, by Julie Otsuka.  Wednesday May 4, at 11 a.m.  Summary: "This heartbreaking, bracingly unsentimental debut describes in poetic detail the travails of a Japanese family living in an internment camp during World War II, raising the specter of wartime injustice in bone-chilling fashion." -From Publishers Weekly

West University Book Club-Selection for April 6

Christine FallsTitle to be discussed: Christine Falls, by Benjamin Black.  Wednesday April 6, 11 a.m., at 6104 Auden.  Summary:  In this expertly paced debut thriller from Irish author Black (the pseudonym of Booker Prize–winner John Banville), pathologist Garret Quirke uncovers a web of corruption in 1950s Dublin surrounding the death in childbirth of a young maid, Christine Falls.

Celebrate Black History Month with a Movie

 In honor of Black History Month, will be showing a movie based on the play by Lorraine Hansberry that debuted on Broadway in 1959.

Synopsis:  Lorraine Hansberry's play is given sensitive treatment by filmmaker Daniel Petrie (The Bay Boy). Sidney Poitier heads a fine cast in the story of an African American family in Chicago who are struggling with mixed aspirations, not enough money, conflicts over religion, and institutional racism.-Amazon.com review

We will show the movie on Wednesday, February 23 at 11 a.m.  Refreshments will be served!

Call West University Library at 713-668-8273, if you would like to find out the title of the film. 

 

West University Book Club-Book Selection for March 2

SeabiscuitTitle to be discussed: Seabiscuit, by Laura Hillenbrand.  Wednesday March 2, 11 a.m., at 6104 Auden.  Summary: Gifted sportswriter Hillenbrand unearths the rarefied world of thoroughbred horse racing in this captivating account of one of the sport's legends. Though no longer a household name, Seabiscuit enjoyed great celebrity during the 1930s and 1940s, drawing record crowds to his races around the country. -From Publishers Weekly

Snippets from the Trenches

Snippets from the TrenchesWe were delighted to have author Freda Wagman visit us yesterday, and give a book talk about her memoir Snippets from the Trenches.  "Snippets from the Trenches, a mother's AIDS memoir, is a time line of the twelve-year journey of the author's son living with HIV/AIDS. Upon learning his diagnosis early in 1983, a time when treatment options were limited, she joined the fledgling AIDS Foundation Houston. Throughout the book, she tells of her involvement in helping other people, along with the hope of learning how to cope with her own impending loss.” Review from Amazon.com

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