Books & Brunch is a book group that meets several times during the school year to discuss books over lunch. Books & Brunch is designed to promote literacy by drawing together students, faculty and staff members, administrators, and community members to talk about books in a casual and supportive environment. What makes Books & Brunch unique is that each participant is given his or her own copy of the featured book, free of charge, to read and then keep for building a personal collection or to pass on to a friend or family member to continue the sharing of great books and to promote the growth of literacy in our school and community. The featured books are selected to represent a variety of genres and authors and to entice readers to expand their literary experiences.
The first session for the fall of 2019 featured Nation by Terry Pratchett, a story set in a parallel universe, on a tropical island that has been devastated by a massive tsunami. Nation tells the story of Mau, a boy on the brink of manhood who has lost his family, his nation, and (he thinks) his soul. But, Mau is not alone: the daughter of the English king has been shipwrecked on Mau’s tiny island too. Together they forge a friendship that transcends their cultural and linguistic differences. Nation is a story about survival, loss, and the creation of community.
The next Books and Brunch session was on January 23, 2020, when we discussed Endangered and met author Eliot Schrefer via Skype. It was an amazing experience to hear about Eliot’s experience researching and writing this book.
On February 26th, we gathered to discuss Jack London’s classic The Call of the Wild, just in time for the movie!
On March 25th we’ll meet to discuss Illegal by Eoin Colfer and Andrew Donkin. We are thrilled to host Baba Ly, Assistant Director of Refugee and Immigration Services of Catholic Charities Maine for this discussion.
Watch the Library Calendar on the LA Library Website for additional meeting dates or further information. Contact Ms. Phelps at email@example.com if you are interested in participating in Books & Brunch.