Start: 11:00 am
Join us for this fun round of readings from picture and storybooks ... Go to the castle in the children's section ... and the stories begin!
Start: 6:00 pm
Recipient of an Edward R. Murrow Award for her radio journalism which includes developing, reporting, and producing features for Public Radio International's This American Life, Nancy Mullane is here with her extraordinary book on the lives of convicted murderers on their lives in prison, Life After Murder: Five Men in Search of Redemption (Public Affairs). "Life After Murder challenges us to do the unthinkableview those accused of horrible crimes as worthy of our concern. Nancy Mullane, a white woman who was once just as ignorant about the real world of crime and punishment as the typical television viewer, takes us on a remarkable journey behind bars. Through the stories of five unforgettable men, we are reminded of the power and possibility of redemption, as well as the nearly unforgivable crime our nation has committed: treating some human beings as disposable." - Michelle Alexander.
Start: 6:30 pm
Our Global Issues & Ethics Book Group is devoted to discussing books that cover the most relevant topics of our everyday lives. Those Who Work, Those Who Don't: Poverty, Morality, and Family in Rural America by Jennifer Sherman is our book selection for July. When the rural poor prioritize issues such as the right to bear arms, and disapprove of welfare despite their economic concerns, they are often dismissed as uneducated and backward by academics and political analysts. In Those Who Work, Those Who Don't, Jennifer Sherman offers a much-needed sympathetic understanding of poor rural Americans, persuasively arguing that the growing cultural significance of moral values is a reasonable and inevitable response to economic collapse and political powerlessness. The Times Higher Education said of the book, "Sherman's work is indeed timely in that it helps to unpack layers of meaning that underlie poverty in rural settings, as well as the depth of moral strategies that her subjects—largely forgotten by academy and country alike—bring to bear on lives constructed around scarcity, survival, family and faith in the virtues of rural American life."
Start: 8:00 pm
Redemption of a different form from that addressed by Nancy Mullane is taken up by attorney, motivational speaker, and youth advocate Carissa Phelps in her memoir, Runaway Girl: Escaping Life on the Streets, One Helping Hand at a Time (Viking). "A California attorney and youth advocate's rivetingly raw account of the years she spent as a runaway, juvenile delinquent, and prostitute ... A genuinely important book that casts the problem of sex trafficking in America into stunning, heartbreaking relief." - Kirkus Reviews. This book comes in the wake of an award-winning documentary, Carissa, about her life, times, and work today.