Reading Across the Pond

Don Allen

Here at the Memorial Library, we love all things American. From history to sports to politics and food, we have a wide range of fantastic books for your edification. Since 2008, we have also played host to a reading group that reads American authors and meets once a month. This group is called Reading Across the Pond. HA! Get it? Because, you know, the old phrase “across the pond”?…….Anyway.

Reading Across the Pond meets on the second Monday of the month from 5:30-6:30 (17:30-18:30) in the Vernon Castle Room here at the Millennium Library. They are a fun group with lively discussions, most of them concerning that month’s book! The books are predominantly fiction, with some recent ones being 11.22.63 by Stephen King, The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick, and Illusion of Separateness by Bryan Stevenson. The very occasional real-life book will make an appearance, such as In Cold Blood by Truman Capote.




Beyond popular writers such as King and Capote, and American classics like The Grapes of Wrath and The Old Man and the Sea, books by Barbara Kingslover (The Poisonwood Bible), Ayana Mathis (The Twelve Tribes of Hattie) and Michael Chabon (Telegraph Avenue) open up a new American landscape for the group. Books are suggested by the group and the library’s UEA Scholar is tasked with ensuring enough copies are in the library system, procuring said books, and making them available to the group at its meeting.

So if you love reading and are interested in what those crazy former colonies are writing, come on down to the Memorial Library and meet the lovely ladies and gentleman in the Reading Across the Pond group. Their next meeting is February 13th, where they will be discussing 11.22.63 by Stephen King. Don’t worry about having read the book if it’s your first meeting, just enjoy the conversation, comradery and literature (thought I was going to be alliterative, didn’t you?), pick up the book for next month’s discussion (When The Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka) and have fun. We’ll see you there.

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