June 10th -Dark Tide by Stephen Puleo – Book Discussion at 7:00pm
In January, 1919, a fifty-foot tank filled with molasses exploded, sending waves of viscous goo through waterfront Boston and killing twenty-one people. Were Italian anarchists to blame or was it negligence by the tank’s owner, the United States Industrial Alcohol company? Such matters form the crux of Puleo’s account… Molasses was a vital commodity at the time, used in rum manufacture (the tank was full to the brim to cash in on pre-Prohibition demand), and it had been important in the production of First World War munitions…
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July 8 – The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
“M.L. Stedman, a spectacularly sure storyteller, swept me to a remote island nearly a century ago, where a lighthouse keeper and his wife make a choice that shatters many lives, including their own. This is a novel in which justice for one character means another’s tragic loss, and we care desperately for both. Reading The Light Between Oceans is a total-immersion experience, extraordinarily moving.”—Monica Ali, author of Brick Lane and Untold Story
August 12 – Aleph Bravo Tango by Dye Saraza
A special event with Zarvin Shaffer and partner demonstrating their impressive tango skills. “This is a novel about the transnational embrace that is Argentine Tango. No mere romance or memoir, the intricately woven stories take you to tango’s true mysteries — the elation, the frustration, the compulsion.”-Amazon This evening promises to an entertaining one, bring your dancing shoes if you would like to join them!