Book Groups

The Library offers several book clubs catering to a wide range of reading interests. The titles listed below are available from the Information Desk.

Discussion Group Schedule

Classics Book Club

First Monday of February, June & October at 7:00 p.m. virtually via Zoom

This book group is moderated by Cindy Haiken, Readers’ Advisory Librarian. Contact Cindy Haiken at chaiken@wallingfordlibrary.org for details and to find out how to access the book online.

  • February 1
    The End of the Affair by Graham Greene

 

SCOW Presenta: Club de Lectura en Español! (Spanish Book Club)

Thursday, February 25th, 7:00 -8:00 p.m. on Zoom
La Casa de los Espiritus (The House of the Spirits) by Isabel Allende

Únase a Daisy Lopez de la Comunidad Hispana de Wallingford para una discusión de lectura, totalmente en español!

Esteban Trueba es un humilde ciudadano que parte rumbo a las minas para ganar suficiente dinero como para poder casarse con su amada, Rosa del Valle, una hermosa mujer con pelo verde. Durante su ausencia, Rosa muere envenenada por equivocación: los del partido político rivales a Severo del Valle, su padre, lo querían asesinar a él para que no fuese elegido. Esteban es de carácter fuerte, y constantemente padece ataques de ira, ansiedad y violencia. Sufre mucho cuando Rosa muere, y decide ir a reconstruir completamente Las Tres Marías, una vieja hacienda abandonada por su padre para olvidarse de su amada y hacerse rico. Diez años más tarde, ha conseguido reconstruir toda la finca y, a pesar de que ha mejorado enormemente las condiciones de vida de los empleados, su trato despótico y sus constantes abusos despiertan el silencioso resentimiento de más de un trabajador.

Para participar, contacta a Daisy Lopez a dlopez@scowinc.org o llame a la Comunidad Hispana de Wallingford (203-265-5866).

 

Mystery Book Group

First Wednesday (September-June) at 3:00 p.m. virtually via Zoom. To participate, contact Carole Shmurak at cshmurak@gmail.com. No meeting in January.

This book group is moderated by Carole Shmurak, author of 11 books and Professor Emerita at Central Connecticut State University.

Spring 2021: Black Noir and Blanche White
The first African-American detective in fiction was Dr. John Archer, in the novel The Conjure-Man Dies (1932) by Rudolph Fisher. Dr. Archer appeared in only one short story after that, and Fisher died in 1934. It took another 25 years for the next black detectives: Grave Digger Jones and Coffin Ed Johnson, in Chester Himes’s A Rage in Harlem (1958). Female African-American detectives didn’t appear until the 1990s, with Nikki Baker, Eleanor Taylor Brand, and Barbara Neely all publishing their first detective novels in 1991–92. This spring, we’ll consider five authors, two white and three black, whose detectives are African-American.

  • February 3
    The Real Cool Killers by Chester Himes (books will be available beginning in January)
  • March 3
    A Certain Justice by John Lescroart
  • April 7
    White Butterfly by Walter Mosley
  • May 5
    Blanche on the Lam by Barbara Neely
  • June 2
    The Hot Pink Farmhouse by David Handler

 

Thursday Night Book Club

Third Thursday at 6:30 p.m. virtually via Zoom

This book group is moderated by Cindy Haiken, Readers’ Advisory Librarian. Contact Cindy Haiken at chaiken@wallingfordlibrary.org for details and to find out how to access the book online.

  • February 18
    The Dakota Winters by Tom Barbash
  • March 18
    When All is Said by Anne Griffin
  • April 15
    Furious Hours by Casey Cep

 

Truth Be Told: Tuesday Night Nonfiction Book Group

Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m. in the Collins Room

Discussion moderated by Library Enthusiast Will Minter.

Truth Be Told will be returning soon. Check back for updates.