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Book Discussions, Book Talks, Author Visits

Novel Conversations (meets on the first Monday)

Mon., Sept. 8* at 6:30 p.m., Lois Bell Room (*note: on 2nd Monday due to Labor Day holiday):

Reconstructing Amelia, by Kimberly McCreight

When her high-achieving 15-year-old daughter Amelia supposedly commits suicide after she is caught cheating, litigation lawyer and single mother Kate Baron, leveled by grief, must reconstruct the pieces of Amelia's life to find the truth and vindicate the memory of the daughter whose life she could not save. Copies of Reconstructing Amelia will be available to check out from the Circulation Desk.

Mon., Oct. 6 at 6:30 p.m., Lois Bell Room

The Baker Street Letters, by Michael Robertson

Reggie is thrilled when he learns that his new office is in the same space where famous sleuth Sherlock Holmes used to ply his trade. However, when he starts to receive mysterious mail, written for Holmes, his excitement soon turns into intrigue. As Reggie's brother, Nigel, begins to investigate one of these letters, he inexplicably disappears. Now, Reggie must find his brother while simultaneously solving a murder case.

Mon., Nov. 3 at 6:30 p.m., Lois Bell Room

Mistress of the Art of Death, by Ariana Franklin

Sent to medieval Cambridge in order to exonerate Jewish prisoners with financial ties to King Henry II, University of Salerno medical examiner Adelia struggles to avoid being accused of witchcraft and discovers that the killer may be a former crusader.

Mon., Dec. 1 at 6:30 p.m., Lois Bell Room

Decked with Folly, by Kate Kingsbury

The Pennyfoot Hotel is decked out in holiday style, but when one of Cecily's candlesticks disappears, she realizes someone is lacking in Christmas spirit. Still, petty thievery seems the least of her problems when she learns a former employee has been found dead in her duck pond. He hasn't worked at the Pennyfoot in years, but his ex-wife is still their head maid-and now she heads the naughty list of suspects.

International Book-ings (meets on the second Wednesday)

This new book discussion group focuses on authors and locations from around the world. Both fiction and nonfiction works will be offered. Books are available for checkout (for free) at the Circulation Desk and at each group meeting. Whenever possible, movie tie-ins will be presented.

Wed., Sept. 10 at 1 p.m., Lois Bell Room

A Thousand Splendid Suns, by Khaled Hosseini

This work of literary fiction is by Khaled Hosseini, author of The Kite Runner. A Thousand Splendid Suns follows the lives of two Afghani women, Mariam and Laila, as they move from children to adults. The book spans 30 years of Afghan history, beginning with the Soviet invasion and ending with the overthrow of the Taliban. These two women go from being enemies to unlikely friends. An incredibly haunting, heartbreaking and compelling story of family, friendship, salvation and love. (from

No meeting in October.

Yusuf Ali El

Yusuf Ali El holds a master's degree from Governors State University. He presents three programs this fall:

Cynthia Ogorek: Along the Calumet River in Indiana and Illinois

Sat., Dec. 6 at 10 a.m.

The public is invited to this joint meeting of the Hammond Historical Society and the Friends of the Library. Ogorek, "The Public Historian," will discuss the importance of this river in commerce, travel, and settlement of the Region.

She is also the author of The Lincoln Highway Around Chicago and Along the Chicago South Shore and South Bend Line.

Hammond Public Library, 564 State Street, Hammond, Indiana 46320, (219) 931-5100