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Join us on the second Thursday of every other month beginning in September, 2021 to think, talk, and explore our love of books.  Jenni & Tracy will share book talks and invite you to do the same as we enage with a variety of texts this coming year. 

Books & Beverages

  • September 9th, 4:30 - 6 PM BANNED BOOKS, Rockwell Brewing
    • No censorship here!  Come and think, talk, and explore banned books and our freedom to read.  Bring your favorite banned book to share (and maybe even a little background around why your book was banned or challenged!) Tracy and Jenni will book talk a few of their own favorite “forbidden” books, and we’ll also chat about ways you can celebrate Banned Books Week in your own classroom!  We’ll also crowdsource a list of titles and vote for our Crowd Sourced Classic for January.
  • November 11th, 4:30 - 6 PM BOOKS ARE BEST FRIENDS, Golden Hoosier
    • There is no friend as loyal as a book.  And we all have those books-- books that have gotten us through the tough times, that have made us feel not so alone, that have been our constant and true companions. Now’s your chance to celebrate and share those titles that are steadfast and true. Come to book talk your best-friend book, and while we’re at it, let’s talk about the power of reading to build community and fight loneliness.Copies of Crowd Source Classic book for January will also be available for pick-up. 
  • January 13th, 4:30 - 6 PM CROWD SOURCED CLASSICS, Cooper’s Hawk Winery
    • There is nothing better than curling up with a good book on those dark winter’s nights, and we hope you’ve gotten to do just that over Winter Break!  Come to discuss our Crowd Source Classic.  This is the one time of the year where we’ve all read the same thing!  Jenni and Tracy have a lot to say about the book!  We know you do, too.
  • March 10th, 4:30 - 6 PM POETRY, Perennial Lockwood
    • We haven’t quite reached the darling buds of May, but they are certainly on the way.  This month we’ll celebrate the approach of spring with poetry!  Bring your favorite poetry collection, work by your favorite poet, or even prepare a dramatic recitation of your favorite poem.  We’ll share the power of wondrous words and maybe we’ll all walk away with a new poem or two in our back pockets.
  • May 12th, 4:30 - 6 PM Biographies/Memoirs, Rooftop Bar at Moonrise
    • “The pleasure of reading biography derives from the universal hunger to penetrate other lives.”  Patricia Ann Meyer Spacks.  WOW!  That’s a deep quote!  But it’s true-- biography allows us to live a hundred thousand other lives.  What other lives have you lived?  Let’s share our favorite memoirs and biographies, stories that enthralled, enchanted, and perhaps even appalled us.Up for discussion too is the ethics involved in writing in this genre.  Summer’s almost here, y’all, and we’re sure we’ll all leave with a bunch of titles to add to our Summer “To Read” list!