Explore modern crime as a dilemma
in our own community as we kick off the book discussion series: Let’s Talk About It: Mysteries – Clues to Who We Are on Sept. 20 at 6:30 p.m., Headquarters Library, 300 Maiden Lane.
The novels are concerned with not only the crime that impacts the communities in which they occur, but also how the communities mold and shape those crimes. The discussion series, which is facilitated by local scholars, encourages us to discover clues to our own identities through thoughtful dialogue focused on the following books:
Dance Hall of the Dead by Tony Hillerman
The death of a young Zuni Indian boy is complicated by the Zuni religion and distrust between two different Indian tribes.
Burn Marks, by Sara Paretsky
Solving the crime is made more difficult by the clash between disenfranchised populations and power-hungry real estate developers.
Devil in a Blue Dress by Walter Mosley
Features Easy Rawlins, a black WWII veteran, and recreates the history and social attitudes of black Americans in the 1940s.
Time’s Witness by Michael Malone
In the fictional small town of Hilliston, N.C., solving the crime includes navigating the South’s ghosts of race and prejudice.
The Last Child by John Hart
The disappearance of a child is complicated by the nature of family life and race relations.
Copies are available for participants to check out and discussions are free and open to the public. Registration is required and can be by clicking here,or at any location, or by calling 483-7727 ext. 202. You may also text “ccplinfo.”
This project is made possible by a grant from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, in partnership with the North Carolina Center for the Book, a program of the State Library of North Carolina. It is also sponsored by the Friends of the Library.