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hosts discussions on books and also on other subjects. You can participate in person using your computer. It's easy. If you miss a session, they are recorded and you can go to the archive, download the recording and play it on your computer, NLS player or other device which plays mp3 recordings.

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fantasy book club

fantasy book clubIf you missed the latest meeting, here is the archive.

You can download the file using the link below:

mystery book club

The details for how to participate are in the previous messages about these book clubs.
The mystery book club will discuss Red Sparrow
by Jason Matthews on the   fourth Sunday of March, Sunday March 25, 2018.  Come join us! 
You can find it on BARD by looking for DB 77102.  You can find it on
Bookshare at:

science fiction book group

The next meeting of the Science Fiction club will be on Thursday, March 8, 2018.
Place, Book Nook at:
Time: 9 PM Eastern, 8 PM Central, 7 PM Mountain, 6 PM Pacific, and 2:00 UTC.
For our next meeting, we’re going to blend the two formats of each of us bringing a book we’d like to talk about with a group discussion of one book. Those
of us who wish to bring their own book are very welcome to do so, but at the same time, some of us are going to read and talk about The Demmies by Ann
K Parsons.
The link to Bookshare’s version is at:
Here is the synopsis for The Demmies:
The demmies were the public's darlings, but they led a double life. By day, they
posed for pictures, were guests on TV shows, and helped to increase knowledge about
genetic engineering by taking part in scientific experiments. By night, they faced
Dr. Albert Lud's unauthorized experiments and his torture. Was there something better
for the genetically engineered, foot-high humans? Could they escape? If they did,
could they find food, shelter, and freedom from the ogre who tormented them? Could
they trust any of the "big folk" to help them? These were some of the questions that
kept Alex Kenyon awake at night. His daughter Ruth wondered what made a human being.
Was it size? Was it intelligence? Was it belief in God? What made her know she was
a human being, even though only nine inches tall? This is the story of how Alex's
and Ruth's questions are answered.

fiction old and newRe: book discussion groups

This group meets monthly. For those of you who have a microphone with your computer, you can speak with other book club members. There is also an option to text, if that is how you prefer to communicate.
please be aware that what you say is being recorded when you participate in this group. As always, this program is recorded and archived and you can download the mp3 if you miss the actual program.

Please join the Fiction Old and New book group as we discuss internationally

acclaimed Turkish author Elif Shafak's engrossing historical fiction novel,

"The Architect's Apprentice", DB 83286, on Friday, March 2 in the Book Nook

Room. Elif Shafak is the best-known contemporary female author writing of

the current and historical perspectives in Turkey. "The Architect's

Apprentice" is set in the 16th century Ottoman Empire, a fascinating period

where many cultures existed together in one location. In certain ways, this

novel is reminiscent of the works of Charles Dickens. If you would like to hear this powerful and compelling author and human rights activist speak,
here is a link to a recent interview on the BBC radio show, "Desert Island

Here is the annotation:

The architect's apprentice DB83286

Shafak, Elif. Reading time: 16 hours, 35 minutes.

Read by L.J. Ganser.

Historical Fiction

Jahan escorts Chota, a white elephant, to the palace of the Ottoman Empire's
sultan. He soon becomes one of four apprentices to the chief royal
architect, Sinan. As they work to build the empire, jealousies and hidden

agendas interfere with relationships. Some violence and some descriptions of

sex. 2014.

Date: Friday, March 2, 2018.

Time: 6:00 PM Pacific, 7:00 PM Mountain, 8:00 PM Central, 9:00 PM

Eastern, and elsewhere in the world Saturday 01:00 GMT.

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