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Book Club Flyer June 2016

For Immediate Release:     April 19, 2016
Information: Joy Testa Cinquino, Assistant Deputy Director, Development & Communications, 716-858-7182


Programs feature public & panelist discussions on books & current events.

The Buffalo & Erie County Public Library presents a new Chairman’s Book Club, hosted by Library Board Chairman Frank Housh, on Wednesday, June 1 and Wednesday, October 5. Both programs begin at 12 noon at the downtown Central Library, 1 Lafayette Square, Buffalo, and are free and open to the public.

The Chairman’s Book Club features a pair of timely, thought-provoking titles selected to encourage public dialogue.  Each session also features a panel discussion on the book, as well as on current events and other related titles, with notable community members.

The first book discussed will be author Ta-Nehisi Coates’ riveting exploration of America’s racial history, Between the World and Me, on Wednesday, June 1. A New York Times Bestseller and NAACP Image Award winner, Coates’ profound work offers a powerful framework for understanding our nation’s history and current events, including the Black Lives Matter movement and police brutality. Entertainment Weekly calls it “the latest essential reading in America’s social canon.”

A panel discussion on Coates’ compelling work will feature Canisius College adjunct professor Heron Simmonds-Price; Buffalo State College professor Anthony Neal; and local storyteller and retired librarian Sharon Holley.

On Wednesday, October 5, the Chairman’s Book Club discusses Edward O. Wilson’s Half-Earth: Our Planet’s Fight for Life, a visionary blueprint on saving the Earth. Wilson’s inspiring plan looks to educate readers on the environmental issues the world faces on a daily basis, and provides an eloquent, yet urgent, response on how to solve these crises.

Panelists for the Wednesday, October 5th discussion will be announced at a later date.

Both titles are available at any of the 37 Buffalo & Erie County Public Libraries. A “Book Club in a Bag” is also available, containing ten copies of the book and a reading guide.

The Chairman’s Book Club is free and open to the public. For more information, visit http://www.buffalolib.org/libraries/links/7/files/book_club_4_c.pdf, the Library System website at www.BuffaloLib.org or call 858-8900.