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The French Book Club continues their year of Marcel Proust as they meet to discuss the second half of The Guermantes Way.
The YA Book Club meets to discuss their May pick, House of Stairs, by William Sleator.
Closing early for Memorial Day! See you tomorrow!
We will be at The Chicago Council on Global Affairs as Jeffrey Gettleman discusses his book Love, Africa: A Memoir of Romance, War, and Survival.
Jeffrey Gettleman has been the New York Times’s East Africa bureau chief since 2006 and is based in Nairobi, Kenya. He was a winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 2012 for international reporting. Gettleman has covered conflicts in Egypt, Ethiopia, Iraq, Somalia, and Yemen and his work has appeared in National Geographic, GQ, Foreign Policy, and The New York Review of Books. He studied philosophy at Cornell University before winning a Marshall Scholarship to study at Oxford University.
About Love, Africa:
A seasoned war correspondent, Jeffrey Gettleman has covered every major conflict over the past twenty years, from Afghanistan to Iraq to the Congo. For the past decade, he has served as the East Africa bureau chief for the New York Times, fulfilling a teenage dream. At nineteen, Gettleman fell in love, twice. On a do-it-yourself community service trip in college, he went to East Africa--a terrifying, exciting, dreamlike part of the world in the throes of change that imprinted itself on his imagination and on his heart. But around that same time he also fell in love with a fellow Cornell student--the brightest, classiest, most principled woman he'd ever met. To say they were opposites was an understatement. She became a criminal lawyer in America; he hungered to return to Africa. For the next decade he would be torn between these two abiding passions. A sensually rendered coming-of-age story in the tradition of Barbarian Days, Love, Africa is a tale of passion, violence, far-flung adventure, tortuous long-distance relationships, screwing up, forgiveness, parenthood, and happiness that explores the power of finding yourself in the most unexpected of places.
Join us at The Book Cellar as Garbage takes some time away from their tour with Blondie to sign copies of their new autobiography, "This Is the Noise That Keeps Me Awake".
GARBAGE (Shirley Manson, Duke Erikson, Steve Marker, and Butch Vig) formed in Wisconsin in 1994. Their debut album, Garbage, sold over four million copies, and their second album, Version 2.0, netted the group three Grammy award nominations. They’ve since recorded five more multimillion-copy best-selling albums, as well as the theme song to the James Bond movie The World Is Not Enough. In 2015 they celebrated the twentieth anniversary of their debut record with a worldwide tour. Garbage’s sixth album, Strange Little Birds, was released in 2016 to critical acclaim and followed by an extensive tour.
About This Is the Noise That Keeps Me Awake:
World famous for their eclectic, original styles, Garbage have enjoyed critical and commercial success for more than twenty years. Now, for the first time, the four band members tell the story of their incredible journey in their own words. This full-color book examines how Garbage makes their music, the tolls this takes, and how they have survived for this long.
JoAnna Novak will be at The Book Cellar with her debut novel I Must Have You.
About JoAnna Novak:
JoAnna Novak's debut novel I MUST HAVE YOU will be published in May 2017 and a book-length poem, NOIRMANIA, will be published in 2018. She has written fiction, essays, poetry, and criticism for publications including Salon, Guernica, BOMB, The Rumpus, Conjunctions, and Joyland. She received her MFA in fiction from Washington University and her MFA in poetry from University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is a co-founder of the literary journal and chapbook publisher, Tammy. She lives in Los Angeles.
About I Must Have You:
The year is 1999, and thirteen-year-old Elliot is a self-appointed "diet coach" who teaches her classmates how to survive on one stick of gum a day to get heroin-chic, Kate Moss thin. Elliot is obsessed with her best friend and former "client" Lisa, who is fresh out of inpatient treatment and dating a nineteen-year-old drug dealer. Meanwhile, Elliot's mother Anna, a capricious poetry professor, has a drug addiction and eating disorder of her own. When Lisa transfers her fixation from food to sex with her boyfriend, Elliot's fragile grip on reality begins to falter, at the same that time that Anna's fascination with the object of her own blind lust, the student who relinquishes his cocaine to her during office hours begins to consume her. I Must Have You is the story of what happens one three-day weekend in an explosion of desire, hunger, and lost innocence.