In anticipation of Waupaca’s upcoming book festival, members of the community are invited to read Paper Towns by John Green and to participate in discussions about the book.
Green will be the keynote speaker of the Oct. 1-2 book festival.
Winner of the 2009 Edgar Award for best young adult novel, Paper Towns tells the story of how Q, a teenage social outcast, learns about Margo through the things she left behind.
The first book discussion about Paper Towns was held Tuesday, Aug. 17, at Clear Water Harbor.
Other discussions are scheduled for 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 25, at the Waupaca Area Public Library to be facilitated by Assistant Librarian Dominic Frandrup.
At noon Wednesday, Sept. 8, Library Director Peg Burington will lead a discussion at Chez Marche Cafe
At 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 15, Children’s Librarian Sue Abrahamson will lead a discussion at T.W. Martin’s Public House.
At 7 a.m. Monday, Sept. 27, a discussion is planned at the Woods Restaurant to be facilitated by Abrahamson and Reference/Teen Librarian Melissa Carollo.
Copies of Paper Towns are available at the library.
Monthly book club
The Waupaca Area Public Library will continue to host its monthly book discussions at two separate times to give local readers more opportunity to participate.
The discussions are held at 3 p.m. and again at 5 p.m. on a Wednesday each month in the library conference room. All the books are available through the library.
Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith will be the topic of discussion on Sept. 15. Written as if it were Lincoln’s secret diaries, the novel is a historical fantasy.
Cage of Stars by Jacquelyn Mitchard is the book selected for the Oct. 20 discussion. Written by Mitchard, whose prior books include The Deep End of the Ocean, Cage of Stars is the tale of a Mormon teen whose life is torn apart when his two younger sisters are murdered. Mitchard is among the authors coming to the Waupaca Book Festival on Oct. 1-2.
On Nov. 17, the library’s discussion will focus on a work by another author who will visit the book festival: Justin Isherwood’s Farm Kid: Tales of Growing Up in Rural America. He won the Robert E. Gard Wisconsin Idea Foundation award for literature with his first novel and his work has appeared in Audubon, Harrowsmith Country Life, and The Wall Street Journal.
Encyclopedia of an Ordinary life: Volume One by Amy Krouse Rosenthal is a humorous and quirky memoir of her thoughts, observations and experiences. It includes illustrations, such as a comparison of how she would look on a Wanted poster based on her husband’s or her father’s descriptions, and amusing reflections – “Every. Single. Solitary. Time I go to get gas I have to lean out the window to see which side the tank is on.”
Books to be discussed in 2011 at the library include Jamie Ford’s Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet on Jan. 12; Hampton Sides’ Ghost Soldiers: The Epic Account of World War II’s Greatest Rescue Mission on Feb. 9; The Long Walk or Running Man, written by Stephen King under the pseudonym of Richard Bachman on March 9; and Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games on April 13.