Our longest running book group brings together readers who enjoy discussing and sharing insights about a single title each month. Facilitated conversations are lively, intelligent, and insightful. The titles are mostly fiction, with one nonfiction choice included each year. The group chooses titles for the coming year by ballot in the spring. Book discussions are held on the third Wednesday of the month, September through June (no July or August meetings), and all adult patrons enthusiastic about reading and talking about books are invited to join us as often as they can. Before each meeting, you can pick up your copy for the next month’s discussion at the Circulation Desk. If you have questions, please contact Karen Stern at the Reference Desk or email stern@noblenet.org.

Next Meeting: September 18, 2019 (No meetings in July and August)
To Discuss: The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

The Shadow of the Wind is an international literary sensation about a boy’s quest through the secrets and shadows of postwar Barcelona for a mysterious author whose book has proved as dangerous to own as it is impossible to forget. When Daniel sets out to discover everything that Carax, the author of his favorite book, has written, he soon finds that someone has been systematically destroying every copy of every one of Carax’s books. In fact, he may have the last one in existence. Before Daniel knows it his seemingly innocent quest has opened a door into one of Barcelona’s darkest secrets, an epic story of murder, magic, madness and doomed love.

Carlos Ruiz Zafón is a Spanish novelist, born in Barcelona in 1964, who has also worked as a scriptwriter and divides his time between Barcelona and Los Angeles California. He has written an uncannily absorbing historical mystery, a heart-piercing romance, and a moving homage to the mystical power of books. His work has been published in more than forty different languages, and honored with numerous international awards.
This is the first in The Cemetery of Forgotten Books quartet, a labyrinth of four novels that can be read in any order. The other books in the quartet are: The Angel’s Game (2009), The Prisoner of Heaven (2012), and The Labyrinth of the Spirits (2018). The author’s other novels include: The Prince Of Mist (2010), The Midnight Palace (2011), The Watcher in the Shadows (2011), and Marina (2013).

To Think About While You Read: There are many devil figures in the story. Who are they, and how does evil manifest itself in each of them?

Web Articles for Further Reading 
An Interview with Carlos Ruiz Zafon – from bookbrowse.com
Video: Meet the Author: Carlos Ruiz Zafón – Nick Higham, bbc.com. June 21, 2012.
Barça loner by Robert Colvile, theguardian.com, June 6, 2004.
Author’s website: carlosruizzafon.co.uk

2019 SCHEDULE (2019-2020 Discussion Titles were voted on by group members in May 2019.)
September 18   The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

October 16         There There by Tommy Orange

November 20    Varina by Charles Frazier

December 18     Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

January 15         Less by Andrew Sean Greer

February 19      Educated by Tara Westover

March 18           The Friend by Sigrid Nunez

April 15              Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo

May 20                How to Stop Time by Matt Haig

June 17               The Word is Murder by Anthony Horowitz

Previous Discussions (1998 to 2018)