Wednesday, October 2 at 10:00 -11:00 am
“My Sister the Serial Killer” by Oyinkan Braithwaite
“Satire meets slasher in this short, darkly funny hand grenade of a novel about a Nigerian woman whose younger sister has a very inconvenient habit of killing her boyfriends.
When Korede’s dinner is interrupted one night by a distress call from her sister, Ayoola, she knows what’s expected of her: bleach, rubber gloves, nerves of steel and a strong stomach. This’ll be the third boyfriend Ayoola’s dispatched in, quote, self-defence and the third mess that her lethal little sibling has left Korede to clear away. She should probably go to the police for the good of the menfolk of Nigeria, but she loves her sister and, as they say, family always comes first. Until, that is, Ayoola starts dating the doctor where Korede works as a nurse. Korede’s long been in love with him, and isn’t prepared to see him wind up with a knife in his back: but to save one would mean sacrificing the other… (Goodreads review)
Books available at the circulation desk.
New England Quilts and the Stories They Tell
Thursday, October 3 at 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Quilts tell stories, and quilt history is full of myths and misinformation as well as heart-warming tales of service and tradition. Quilting is NOT just an American art; nearly every world culture that has cold weather uses quilted textiles. Pam Weeks weaves world history, women’s history, industrial history and just plain wonderful stories into her presentation. Participants are invited to bring one quilt for identification and/or story sharing. Prompted in part by the material culture at hand, the presenter may speak about fashion fads, the Colonial Revival, quilt making for Civil War soldiers, and anything else quilt related she can squeeze in.
This event sponsored by the NH Humanities Council.
Second Friday Foreign Film
Friday, October 4 at 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (Thailand 2010)
Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives was the winner of the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival. This fantasy story finds a dying man who is visited by his deceased wife in the form of a ghost and his lost son in the form of a hairy creature with glowing eyes, who help guide him on a journey to his first birthplace on earth. Melding ideas of reincarnation, karma and fairy tale elements, this critically acclaimed film is a unique, one-of-a-kind experience that director Tim Burton described as a strange, beautiful dream.
A Visit with Queen Victoria
Thursday, October 17 at 7:00 – 8:30 pm
In 1837, teenaged Victoria ascended to the British throne, untrained and innocent. Those who would try to usurp her power underestimated this self-willed intelligent young woman whose mettle sustained her through her 63-year reign. Using Queen Victoria’s diary and letters, this program reveals the personal details of a powerful yet humane woman, who took seriously her role as monarch in a time of great expansion. She and her husband, Albert, set an example of high moral character and dedication, a novelty in the royal house after generations of scandal. Performed by Sally Mummey, a Living History NH Humanities to Go program. FREE and open to the public.
Book Party and Dessert
Wednesday, October 23 at 7:00 – 8:30 pm
“An American Marriage” by Tayari Jones
This book moves breathtakingly quickly while it slowly breaks your heart. It is the story of newlyweds Roy and Celestial, whose marriage is forever altered by a random encounter that thrusts them into the vastness and injustice of the American criminal justice system. As it unfolds in letters and stories told by Roy, Celestial and Celestial’s childhood friend, you switch your allegiances – the characters all seem so real, and so innocent when it comes to the tragic, systemic issue this story springs from. Lest this seem too abstract, one more thing: There’s lots of love here. So if you love love, like me, read this. (NPR review)
Books available at the Circulation desk. All are welcome to join in the discussion.
Monday, October 28 at 6:30 – 8:30pm
“Turnips Greens & Tortillas: a Mexican Chef spices Up the Southern Kitchen” by Eddie Hernandez
Do you like to Cook, Bake, and EAT scrumptious delights? If so, join us for a lovely meal prepared by your fellow chefs. Each participant will prepare a recipe exactly as it is prepared in the cookbook. Cookbooks and Sign up for the recipe you wish to prepare will be available at the adult events table or call 487-3391.