Then & Now Book Club

Meeting Date:  fourth Friday of each month

Time:  8:00 a.m.

Place:  Watermark Cafe

Leader:  Eric Cale

Then & Now Book Club meets at 8:00 a.m. on the fourth Friday of each month in the café.  This book club's emphasis is history, written by classic as well as contemporary authors.  Eric Cale, the club's leader, is the director of the Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum.   Grab a cup of coffee and a cinnamon roll from the cafe and join in the discussion!

A Short Introduction to Then & Now Book Club:

1. What book has been your group's favorite selection this past year?  Why?  The nonfiction we read tends to be encyclopedic in scope and spans history and the world, so it's hard to choose just one favorite. The stand-out selection for 2019, however, had to be Sarah Smarsh's Heartland because it captures our own specific time and place, something we haven't encountered in other Then & Now Book Club selections. 

2. How would you describe your book club to a prospective member?  These readers aren't daunted by scholarly books, yet they also enjoy lighter fare...and they are early birds who are ready for a lively discussion first thing in the morning.  

See what we're reading this quarter listed below. To see an archived list of our past reading selections, click HERE.

Persian Fire: The First World Empire and the Battle for the West Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307279484
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Anchor - June 12th, 2007

January 24, 2020:  Persian Fire by Tom Holland


Hero of the Empire: The Boer War, a Daring Escape, and the Making of Winston Churchill Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307948786
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Anchor - May 30th, 2017

February 28, 2020:  Hero of the Empire by Candice Millard


Be Free or Die: The Amazing Story of Robert Smalls' Escape from Slavery to Union Hero Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250183897
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Picador - July 3rd, 2018

March 27, 2020:  Be Free or Die by Cate Lineberry