Tuesday Evening Book Group – The Martian

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The Martian by Andy Weir (2014)

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney was one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he’ll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark is stranded alone with no way to even signal Earth. Even if he could, he wouldn’t last until rescue arrived. Either way, the environment or human error will likely kill him first. But Mark isn’t ready to give up yet.

Writers’ Group Meeting

Wednesday, November 18, 6:00 p.m.

The library’s Writers’ Group welcomes writers of all levels of experience and working in any genre to join us. Please email info@chathamlib.org for more information or to be added to the group’s email list. We meet on the 4th Wednesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. in the library’s conference room. Our November and December meetings will be moved up a week due to the holidays.

At our November meeting, we’ll watch some videos by The Great Courses on “How to Write About Anything” to hopefully help us improve our writing. We’ll discuss the videos and we should have time if anyone would like to volunteer to read a piece aloud.

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The Outer Edge – Stranger in a Strange Land

The Outer Edge is Chatham Area Public Library’s science fiction and fantasy book club. We read and discuss classic and Strangermodern titles alike.

The Outer Edge meets the third Monday of each month at 6:00 p.m. If you would like to join us for fun and lively discussions of great books, please write Meghan Harmon at mharmon@chathamlib.org and she will order next month’s book for you!  Also, you can find us on Facebook:  http://tinyurl.com/OuterEdge

Next Monday, November 16th,  we will be discussing  the classic Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein.

Heinlein’s all-time masterpiece, the brilliant novel that grew from a cult favorite to a bestseller to a classic in a few short years. It is the story of Valentine Michael Smith, the man from Mars who taught humankind grokking and water-sharing. And love.

We hope you can join us!  We require no commitment – come for one meeting or come for them all.

Illinois in the Civil War

Monday, November 16, 6:00 p.m.

Tom Emery, historical researcher anil in civil ward writer, will talk about Illinois’ role in the Civil War, including topics such as leading Illinois generals and regiments, homelife in Illinois during the Civil War, Civil War prisons in the state, divided North/South sentiment in Illinois, highlights of Illinois troops in major battles, and notable riots or unrest in Illinois (the Charleston Riot, the Clingman Raid, etc.). Registration is required; call the library, or click here, to sign up.

Midday Movie – The Conspirator

Wednesday, November 11, 2:00 p.m.

Please join us in the Conference Room for our screening of a classic (or not-so-classic) movie at 2:00 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month. Admission is free, refreshments will be provided, and everyone is welcome to attend. This fall we are watching movies with historical schemes at the forefront.

Theconspirator Conspirator (2011) PG-13. Starring Robin Wright and James McAvoy. In the wake of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination, seven men and one woman are arrested and charged with conspiring to kill the President, Vice President, and Secretary of State. The story follows a lawyer who reluctantly agrees to defend the lone female defendant before a military tribunal.

Tuesday Evening Book Club – Devil in the White City

Tuesday, November 10, 6:00 p.m.

The Devil in the White City: murder, magic, and madness at the fair that changed America by Erik Larson (2003).

An account of the Chicago World’s Fair of 1893 relates the stories of two men who shaped the history of the event—architect Daniel H. Burndevil in the white cityham, who coordinated its construction, and serial killer Herman Mudgett. Combining meticulous research with nail-biting storytelling, Erik Larson has crafted a narrative with all the wonder of newly discovered history and the thrills of the best fiction.

Writers’ Group Meeting

Wednesday, October 28, 6:00 p.m.

The library’s Writers’ Group welcomes writers of all levels of experience and working in any genre to join us. Please email info@chathamlib.org for more information or to be added to the group’s email list. We meet on the 4th Wednesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. in the library’s conference room.

For our October meeting we’re going to do a little bit of live writing. I’ll provide 3 writing prompts and we’ll wnotebook imagerite for 20-30 minutes in the meeting. You can write a little on each prompt or just focus on one. Then we’ll read them! I’m including two of the prompts in case you want to get the creative wheels turning, but you don’t have to write anything ahead of time (I’ll have a third prompt on the day of the meeting – you gotta have a little surprise, right?). I will provide paper and pens, but if you have certain utensils or your laptop you like to write with, please bring those. Here are the prompts:

  • Use the first sentence to start your story, the second one to end it.

Start with: Donna’s finger grazed the pink button before tentatively settling on the green one.
End with: It was ok; sometimes mistakes work out for the better.

  • Your family has always been a little off when it comes to holiday traditions. You eat tacos on the Fourth of July and hamburgers on Cinco de Mayo. How did this whacky tradition get started?

Author Talk with Paul McDevitt

Wednesday, November 4, 6:00 p.m.

Paul McDevitt is an emeritus professor in the Business Administration program at UIS where he taught and researched for twenty-five years before retiring in 2009. He was searching for something useful to do with himsall came home coverelf when his family gave him “the box” and—soon thereafter—a new job: writing “All Came Home.” The book is about his father, a junior reserve officer, during WWII. Paul pieces his father’s story together from 85 letters written by his father during the war plus five years of research to write the book. Paul lives in Springfield with his wife Barb. This is his first book. Books will be available for purchase.