KMUW Literary Feast Book Club
Meeting Date: second Friday of each month
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Place: Inglenook (upstairs) & Starry Night Room (downstairs)
Leaders: staff from KMUW & Watermark Books
Literary Feast participants meet on the second Friday of each month, beginning with a social at 6:00 p.m. They enjoy dinner together with a special menu; then, over dessert, they take part in a book discussion led by KMUW and Watermark Books staff. Tickets are available for $12 at the Watermark book counter or by calling (316) 682-1181.
BEGINNING IN JANUARY 2015, the KMUW staff--Lu Stephens and Sarah Jane Crespo--will be making the book selections for each month! Look for their "by-lines" below.
For archives of what the members of the KMUW Literary Feast have read in the past, click here.
Sarah Jane's Pick! June 12, 2015: The Tusk That Did the Damage by Tania James
"The topics of filmmaking and poaching don't typically go hand-in-hand, and I’m curious about how the author will intertwine the two. But if I have to say, honestly, why I chose The Tusk That Did the Damage, then I’d have to point to the elephant on the cover. How can you go wrong there?"
Sarah Jane's Pick! July 17, 2015: Orhan's Inheritance, by Aline Ohanesian
100 years ago, the Ottoman Empire forcibly--and en masse--deported Armenian people from their homeland (now modern–day Turkey). The personal struggles of the characters are inspired by the author's grandmother's stories, a fascinating element in itself, but it was something the Ohanesian said in her interview on NPR's Weekend Edition that became the real reason why I chose this book. She believes in the power of fiction to change the way people think. Let's see what she means--read her book and get back to me at July's Literary Feast!
NOTE: Literary Feast is meeting on the 3rd Friday for this month only.
Lu's Pick! August 14, 2015: Beyond: Our Future in Space by Chris Impey
I heard Chris Impey on Fresh Air and I was completely captivated. It was the perfect example of a "driveway moment," and Impey drew me in with stories about what we've done and the wonder of what is still to come. Lee Billings of the New York Times says it better than I can: "Expansive and enlightening...Impey is not only a skilled scientist who studies active galactic nuclei, he's also an adept and prolific communicator, who packs his prose with wonderful anecdotes and weird factoids...[Beyond's] concluding section...offers more plausible ideas than can be found in whole shelves of futuristic science fiction."
Sarah Jane's Pick! September 11, 2015: Don't Let Him Know by Sandip Roy
If you're a longtime Morning Edition listener, you've probably heard commentator Sandip Roy on KMUW. Now, Roy has written a novel that goes from Calcutta to California and back again. It sounds rich, lovely, and honest as it addresses family, culture, and both the secrets we keep and the sacrifices we make for the ones we love. Plus, as far as I'm concerned, anything written by an NPR contributor deserves a special look.