Start reading now

contributor_georgepackerphoto_p233_cropThis is an alert for slow readers and early preparers. The book up for discussion at the First Wednesday book group in June (meets on the first Wednesday. Look it up. At noon. And speaking of noon, it is unbelievable how many times we have been called to find out what time the Noon Music concert starts) is The Assassin’s Gate by George Packer, the New Yorker reporter who covered the Obama campaign for the magazine. First Wednesdays mostly go for fiction, so it is fitting that Assassin’s Gate, which is all about how we got into Iraq and then screwed up royally, reads like a novel. Mr. Packer will be here later in June to deliver the Harriet Beecher Stowe lecture.

It’s probably too late to be an early reader of the first two volumes of Blanche Wiesen Cook’s still-in-progress biography of Eleanor Roosevelt, but maybe you can take time off from work and have it under your belt in time to discuss it with Ms Cook when she is at the Library for Late Bloomers, the Library’s writing workshop for literary procrastinators. She’s going to do one of the workshop sessions, but she’s also going to deliver the keynote address. You don’t have to be signed up for the former to attend the latter, but you will need reservations. That’s the first weekend in April. Look it up.

-Nemo Wolfe

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