Library book club meets today

Literary Sojourn Author Study keeps a literary focus

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What: Literary Sojourn Author Study, discussing Richard Bausch's "Hello to the Cannibals"

When: 6 p.m. today

Where: Meeting room on the second floor of Bud Werner Memorial Library, 13th Street and Lincoln Avenue

Cost: Free

Call: 879-0240

More information: The Literary Sojourn Author Study discusses one book by each of the event's five featured authors throughout the summer: Jayne Anne Phillips' "Lark and Termite" on July 15; Amitav Ghosh's "The Glass Palace" on Aug. 4; John Darnton's "The Darwin Conspiracy" on Sept. 2; and Linda Hogan's "Dwellings, A Spiritual History of the Living World" on Sept. 30.

The 17th annual Literary Sojourn is Oct. 10 at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort. Tickets are $75 and are available at the library, Off the Beaten Path Bookstore, Epilogue Book Co. and online at www.literarysojou...>

— Michelle Dover loves to share what she calls "inside scoops" with her Literary Sojourn Author Study.

The tips can be anything from biographical bits about the sojourn's five participating authors to similarities and connecting themes between the book group's selected reads. At 6 p.m. today, Dover and the Author Study start the 2009 Literary Sojourn season with a discussion about Richard Bausch's novel "Hello to the Cannibals."

Bausch will appear with John Darnton, Amitav Ghosh, Linda Hogan and Jayne Anne Phillips at the 17th annual Literary Sojourn, scheduled for Oct. 10 at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort. During the next 3 1/2 months, Bud Werner Memorial Library's summer book group will meet every few weeks to talk about a selection from each author's reading list.

"It's always a good discussion, and it's always supposed to be a down-and-dirty book club," said Dover, who is adult services manager for the library. "We don't have wine; we don't have cheese and crackers. : That's how I created it in the beginning, for people who want to discuss a book when they go to a book discussion."

Dover said she sees the value in more social book groups that include day-to-day conversations. But she wanted to keep the Literary Sojourn Author Study open to visitors and locals, so the focus stays on the book and the person who wrote it.

"You can come if you've talked about books before, or even if you haven't talked about books before. It's not an intimidating group," Dover said. The library keeps several copies of each Author Study book on hand in its Literary Sojourn room, which also houses books by past visiting authors.

Literary Sojourn tickets are available online for the first time this year, and more than half of the 500 available seats have been sold, Dover said.

Erica Fogue, owner of Epilogue Book Co. - which is one of three ticket outlets for the event - said sales of Literary Sojourn-related books have been steady.

"People have started reading the lists. They started reading it right when the authors were picked, and usually I would say it's kind of a push in the months before," Fogue said.

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