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Imagine Poetry Series: Poetry for a New Year

Thursday, January 29
6:00 pm at The Reader's Loft

Imagine Poetry Series: Poetry for a New Year

Join us as we welcome to our bookstore Estella Lauter and Karen Wilson--the first poets of the new year! All are welcome to join. We will be serving light refreshments and Open Mic will follow the poets. 

Imagine Poetry Series meets the final Thursday of every month (except December) at the Reader's Loft bookstore. For more information on each poet, check out the Imagine website: www.houseofthetomato.com

This month's poets:

Estella Lauter  

As Poet Laureate of Door County (2013-15), Estella Lauter has initiated a collective process to produce an anthology of poems about Door County in the spring. Since retiring in 2004, she has published three chapbooks with Finishing Line Press. Her new poems include observations from the windows of her woodland home,  observations on past and present events and everything in-between. She feels privileged to have been part of the great University of Wisconsin for more than thirty years. 

Karen Wilson  

Karen Wilson started fashioning words into poems a dozen years ago, amid a life hitherto devoted to land preservation in particular and environmental protection in general.  She’s having more fun now.  A life-long Wisconsinite who grew up in Sheboygan, she has lived for decades in Door County, where her forebears were original settlers.

And Then There Were None

Tuesday, February 10
6:00 pm at The Reader's Loft

And Then There Were None

A Reader's Loft Book Group Discussion

The Reader's Loft Book Group is Always Open to the Public

The bestselling thriller of all time, now available in a beautiful deluxe edition with French Flaps--a timeless tale of suspense in which ten strangers, each with a dark secret, are mysteriously invited to a mansion on an uninhabited island and killed off, one by one.

"Ten . . ." --Ten strangers are lured to an isolated island mansion on an island off the Devon coast by a mysterious host.
"Nine . . ." --At dinner, a recorded message accuses each of them of harboring a guilty secret. By the end of the meal, one is dead.
"Eight . . ." --Stranded by a violent storm, there is no hope of escape. Haunted by a nursery rhyme counting down one by one, the guests begin to die.
"Seven . . ." --As suspicions are raised and accusations fly, secrets begin to surface. But who among them is the killer . . . and will any of them survive?

I Shall Be Near to You

Tuesday, March 10
6:00 pm at The Reader's Loft

I Shall Be Near to You

A Reader's Loft Book Group Discussion

The Reader's Loft Book Group is Always Open to the Public

An extraordinary novel about a strong-willed woman who disguises herself as a man in order to fight beside her husband in the Civil War. 

Rosetta doesn't want her new husband, Jeremiah, to enlist, but he joins up, hoping to make enough money that they'll be able to afford their own farm someday. When Jeremiah leaves, Rosetta decides her true place is by his side, no matter what that means, and follows him into war. 

Rich with historical details and inspired by the many women who fought in the Civil War while disguised as men, "I Shall Be Near To You" is a courageous adventure, a woman's search for meaning and individuality, and a poignant story of enduring love.

Shotgun Lovesongs

Tuesday, April 14
6:00 pm at The Reader's Loft

Shotgun Lovesongs

A Reader's Loft Book Group Discussion

The Reader's Loft Book Group is Always Open to the Public

It's a place like hundreds of others, but for four boyhood friends--all born and raised in this small Wisconsin town--it is home. One of them never left, still working the family farm, but the others felt the need to move on. One trades commodities, another took to the rodeo circuit. One of them hit it big as a rock star. And then there's Beth, a woman who has meant something special in each of their lives. 

When all of them are brought together for a wedding, Little Wing seems even smaller than before. Lifelong bonds remain strong, but there are stresses--among the friends, between husbands and wives. There will be heartbreak, but there will also be hope, healing, even heroism as these memorable people learn the true meaning of friendship and love. 

Nickolas Butler's "Shotgun Lovesongs" is that rare work of fiction that evokes a specific time and place, yet movingly describes the universal human condition. It is, in short, a truly remarkable book--a novel that, once read, will never be forgotten. 

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

Tuesday, May 12
6:00 pm at The Reader's Loft

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

A Reader's Loft Book Group Discussion

The Reader's Loft Book Group is Always Open to the Public

In boyhood, Louis Zamperini was an incorrigible delinquent. As a teenager, he channeled his defiance into running, discovering a prodigious talent that had carried him to the Berlin Olympics. But when World War II began, the athlete became an airman, embarking on a journey that led to a doomed flight on a May afternoon in 1943. When his Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean, against all odds, Zamperini survived, adrift on a foundering life raft. Ahead of Zamperini lay thousands of miles of open ocean, leaping sharks, thirst and starvation, enemy aircraft, and, beyond, a trial even greater. Driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini would answer desperation with ingenuity; suffering with hope, resolve, and humor; brutality with rebellion. His fate, whether triumph or tragedy, would be suspended on the fraying wire of his will. 

Appearing in paperback for the first time--with twenty arresting new photos and an extensive Q&A with the author--"Unbroken "is an unforgettable testament to the resilience of the human mind, body, and spirit, brought vividly to life by "Seabiscuit" author Laura Hillenbrand.

Light Between Oceans

Tuesday, June 9
6:00 pm at The Reader's Loft

Light Between Oceans

A Reader's Loft Book Group Discussion

The Reader's Loft Book Group is Always Open to the Public

After four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia and takes a job as the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, nearly half a day's journey from the coast. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes once a season, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel. Years later, after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel hears a baby's cries on the wind. A boat has washed up onshore carrying a dead man and a living baby. 

Tom, who keeps meticulous records and whose moral principles have withstood a horrific war, wants to report the man and infant immediately. But Isabel insists the baby is a "gift from God," and against Tom's judgment, they claim her as their own and name her Lucy. When she is two, Tom and Isabel return to the mainland and are reminded that there are other people in the world. Their choice has devastated one of them.

1984

Tuesday, July 14
6:00 pm at The Reader's Loft

1984

A Reader's Loft Book Group Discussion

The Reader's Loft Book Group is Always Open to the Public

April, 1984. Winston Smith, thinks a thought, starts a diary, and falls in love. But Big Brother is watching him, and the door to Room 101 can swing open in the blink of an eye. Its ideas have become our ideas, and Orwell's fiction is often said to be our reality. The definitive book of the 20th century is re-examined in a radical new adaptation exploring why Orwell's vision of the future is as relevant as ever. 

Storied Life of A.J. Vikry

Tuesday, August 11
6:00 pm at The Reader's Loft

Storied Life of A.J. Vikry

A Reader's Loft Book Group Discussion

The Reader's Loft Book Group is Always Open to the Public

In the spirit of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society and The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, Gabrielle Zevin s enchanting novel is a love letter to the world of books--and booksellers--that changes our lives by giving us the stories that open our hearts and enlighten our minds. On the faded Island Books sign hanging over the porch of the Victorian cottage is the motto No Man Is an Island; Every Book Is a World. A. J. Fikry, the irascible owner, is about to discover just what that truly means.A. J. Fikry s life is not at all what he expected it to be. His wife has died, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. Slowly but surely, he is isolating himself from all the people of Alice Island--from Lambiase, the well-intentioned police officer who s always felt kindly toward Fikry; from Ismay, his sister-in-law who is hell-bent on saving him from his dreary self; from Amelia, the lovely and idealistic (if eccentric) Knightley Press sales rep who keeps on taking the ferry over to Alice Island, refusing to be deterred by A.J. s bad attitude. Even the books in his store have stopped holding pleasure for him. These days, A.J. can only see them as a sign of a world that is changing too rapidly.And then a mysterious package appears at the bookstore. It s a small package, but large in weight. It s that unexpected arrival that gives A. J. Fikry the opportunity to make his life over, the ability to see everything anew. It doesn t take long for the locals to notice the change overcoming A.J.; or for that determined sales rep, Amelia, to see her curmudgeonly client in a new light; or for the wisdom of all those books to become again the lifeblood of A.J. s world; or for everything to twist again into a version of his life that he didn t see coming. As surprising as it is moving, The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry is an unforgettable tale of transformation and second chances, an irresistible affirmation of why we read, and why we love.

Gilead

Tuesday, September 8
6:00 pm at The Reader's Loft

Gilead

A Reader's Loft Book Group Discussion

The Reader's Loft Book Group is Always Open to the Public

Twenty-four years after her first novel, "Housekeeping," Marilynne Robinson returns with an intimate tale of three generations from the Civil War to the twentieth century: a story about fathers and sons and the spiritual battles that still rage at America's heart. Writing in the tradition of Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman, Marilynne Robinson's beautiful, spare, and spiritual prose allows "even the faithless reader to feel the possibility of transcendent order" ("Slate"). In the luminous and unforgettable voice of Congregationalist minister John Ames, Gilead reveals the human condition and the often unbearable beauty of an ordinary life. "Gilead "is the winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

I Am Malala

Tuesday, October 13
6:00 pm at The Reader's Loft

I Am Malala

A Reader's Loft Book Group Discussion

The Reader's Loft Book Group is Always Open to the Public

A MEMOIR BY THE YOUNGEST RECIPIENT OF THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE 

"I come from a country that was created at midnight. When I almost died it was just after midday." 

When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education.
 
On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, when she was fifteen, she almost paid the ultimate price. She was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school, and few expected her to survive. 

Instead, Malala's miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey from a remote valley in northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations in New York. At sixteen, she became a global symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest nominee ever for the Nobel Peace Prize. 

"I AM MALALA "is the remarkable tale of a family uprooted by global terrorism, of the fight for girls' education, of a father who, himself a school owner, championed and encouraged his daughter to write and attend school, and of brave parents who have a fierce love for their daughter in a society that prizes sons. 

"I AM MALALA "will make you believe in the power of one person's voice to inspire change in the world.

Paris Architect

Tuesday, November 10
6:00 pm at The Reader's Loft

Paris Architect

 Reader's Loft Book Group Discussion

The Reader's Loft Book Group is Always Open to the Public

A gifted architect reluctantly begins a secret life devising ingenious hiding places for Jews in Nazi-occupied Paris
Like most gentiles in Nazi-occupied Paris, architect Lucien Bernard has little empathy for the Jews. So when a wealthy industrialist offers him a large sum of money to devise secret hiding places for Jews, Lucien struggles with the choice of risking his life for a cause he doesn't really believe in. Ultimately he can't resist the challenge and begins designing expertly concealed hiding spaces--behind a painting, within a column, or inside a drainpipe--detecting possibilities invisible to the average eye. But when one of his clever hiding spaces fails horribly and the immense suffering of Jews becomes incredibly personal, he can no longer deny reality.

Written by an expert whose knowledge imbues every page, this story becomes more gripping with every life the architect tries to save.

                             

 

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