Simsbury Public Library

Book Groups

Adult Book Discussion Group

Meetings are the 2nd Thursday of the month from 7-8:30 in Program Room 2.
Jacqueline Takiff, moderator.

*9/7/2017 – What Maisie Knew – Henry James (on-line only)

10/12/2017 – The Marriage Of Opposites – Alice Hoffman

11/9/2017 – All The Birds Are Singing – Evie Wyld

12/14/2017 – Andrew’s Brain – E.L.Doctorow

1/11/2018 – Pnin – Vladimir Nabokov

2/8/2018 – The Heart Goes Last – Margaret Atwood

3/8/2018 – Dead Wake – Erik Larsen

4/12/2018 – The Art Of Racing In The Rain – Garth Stein

5/10/2018 – Enemy of the People – Henrik Ibsen

6/14/2018 – Welcome To The Monkey House – Kurt Vonegut

Mystery Book Discussion Group

Meetings are the 2nd Monday of the month from Noon-1:30 in the Program Room.
Carole Shmurak is the book discussion leader.

Fall 2017: The Mysterious West Mysteries set in Big Sky Country are a relatively new phenomenon, although Margaret Scherf wrote about Martin Buell, an Episcopal minister in Montana, as early as 1948, (thus combining both this year’s themes). This fall we’ll follow three lawmen and a private eye from the West. Yippie ki-yay!

9/11/2017 – Too Late to Die (1986) – Bill Crider

10/9/2017 – Open Season (2001) – C.J. Box

11/13/2017 – By Evil Means (1992) – Sandra West Prowel
(snowdate: Tuesday, November 14)

12/11/2017 – The Cold Dish (2004) – Craig Johnson (snowdate: Tuesday, December 12)

Spring 2018: Crime-Solving Clergy Father Brown, by G.K. Chesterton, was probably the first clergyman/detective (1911), but there have been many since then. The following are some of the most popular. Hallelujah!

1/8/2018 – Her Death of Cold (1977) – Ralph McInerny (snowdate: Tuesday, January 9)

No February meeting

3/12/2018 – In the Bleak Midwinter (2002) – Julia Spencer-Fleming (snowdate: Tuesday, March 13)

4/9/2018 – Friday the Rabbi Slept Late (1964) – Harry Kemelman (snowdate: Tuesday, April 10)

5/14/2018 – The Rosary Murders (1979) – William Kienzle

6/11/2018 – Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death (2012) – James Runcie


Gen Y Book Discussion Group

Meetings are the first Wednesday of the month from 7:00-8:30 pm at various eateries around Simsbury.

9/6/17 – Breaking Night: A Memoir – Liz Murray. Held at: Little City Pizza, 926 Hopmeadow St

10/4/17 – Where’d You Go, Bernadette – Maria Semple. Held at: Red Stone Pub, 10 Jim Gallagher Way

11/1/17 – What We Saw At Night – Jacquelyn Mitchard. Held at: Maple Tree Cafe, 781 Hopmeadow St

12/6/17 – Small Great Things – Jodi Picoult. Held at: Cracker Barrel Pub, 30 Main St, Tariffville (includes optional Wed Night Trivia)

1/3/18 – Caraval – Stephanie Garber. Held at: Luna’s Pizza, 53 Bushy Hill Rd

2/7/18 – If I Stay – Gayle Forman. Held at: McLadden’s Pub, 6 Wilcox St

3/7/18 – Just One Damned Thing After Another – Jodi Taylor. Held at: Iron Horse Pizzeria & Sports Pub, 836 Hopmeadow St (rear)

Date Change: Thursday 4/5/18 – City on Fire – Garth Risk Hallberg. Held at: Joe Pizza, 2 Wilcox St

5/2/18 – Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks – Rebecca Skloot. Held at: Table 570, 570 Hopmeadow St

6/6/18 – Reconstructing Amelia – Kimberly McCreight. Held at: Cracker Barrel Pub, 30 Main St, Tariffville (includes optional Wed Night Trivia)

For further information, please email Sara Ray.

Simsbury Reads YA

A book club for Teens and Adults that celebrates young adult literature. Meetings are the third Wednesday of the month from 7:00-8:00 pm in Program Room 2. Pizza and dessert are served.

9/20/17Those Who Wish Me Dead – Michael Koryta

10/18/17Far, Far Away – Tom McNeal

11/15/17The Novice – Taran Matharu

12/20/17The Rest of Us Just Live Here – Patrick Ness

1/17/18Girl in the Blue Coat – Monica Hesse

2/21/18X: a novel – Ilyasah Shabazz and Kekla Magoon

3/21/18Ready Player One – Ernest Cline

4/18/18The Watch That Ends the Night – Allan Wolf

5/16/18The Night Gardner – Jonathan Auxier

For further information, please email Sara Ray.

NAMI Book Discussion Group

This group meets three times a year from 7:00-8:30 pm in the Wagner Room.

11/13/2017 – Shades of Blue – Amy Ferris