Bookstacks Weekend: Banned Book Trivia, Poetry & Pints, S/F Saturday & Poetry Libre

03 Oct


Noon – Book Trivia: Banned Books
Banned in Australia, or challenged in America, it seems no book has been left uncensored – which has given us a lot to work with for Saturday’s quiz on Banned Books.  Simeon was disappointed to find that not all of them had naughty bits, but we’ve done the best we can.  So come along at 12 noon on Saturday and don’t forget to wear an appropriate (or Simeon would prefer inappropriate) costume.  Quiz winner takes home 500L, as does the costume winner.
Location: Bookstacks Pub (slurl)

2:00 p.m. – Science Fiction Saturday
Jago Constantine leads a weekly discussion where participants sharing their recent science fiction reads. Discuss old favorites and discover some new writers at this regular event.
Location: Bookstacks Pub (slurl)


11:00 a.m. – Poetry & Pints
One the first Sunday of each month, Bookstacks hosts Poetry & Pints. Bring some work from your favorite poets to share. This is NOT an open mic event; it is an opportunity to explore other poets and perhaps find someone new to read.
Location: Bookstacks Pub (slurl)

3:00 pm – Poetry Libre Open Mic
Join hosts Leonardo Zimring and Serene Bechir in the cozy room behind the fireplace at Bookstacks for some of the best poetry in SL.  Reads in any language are encouraged.  Everyone is welcome to read and if you do not have a mic or prefer not to read aloud we have several people who would be glad to read for you.
Location: Bookstacks Pub (slurl)

October Book Discussions

October 18 – The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
Though it deals with a dark period in history, this first novel is an essentially sunny work. It affirms the power of books to nourish people enduring hard times—not so surprising, since Mary Ann Shaffer, who died earlier this year, had a long career as a librarian, bookseller and editor. Her niece Annie Barrows, a children’s author, finished the manuscript after Shaffer fell ill; between them, they crafted a vivid epistolary novel whose characters spring to life in letters and telegrams exchanged over the course of nine months shortly after the end of World War II…You could be skeptical about the novel’s improbabilities and its sanitized portrait of book clubs (doesn’t anyone read trashy thrillers?), but you’d be missing the point. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is a sweet, sentimental paean to books and those who love them.

October 19 – Who Killed Marylin Monroe? by Liz Evans
The Marilyn Monroe in question is a beach donkey and Grace Smith – too broke to be selective when it’s a question of work – is called in by the donkey’s owner, Drysdale, to investigate this bizarre crime. While doing so she finds herself inexorably drawn into the mystery surrounding the murder of a young woman, Tina, whose aunt lived in the house backing on to Drysdale’s land. As the plot unfolds, it becomes clear that the murders of Marilyn and Tina are connected – and that Grace has stumbled on a whole lot more than she bargained for . . . ‘Witty dialogue and spirited pace make this an enjoyable start to what I hope will be a series of Grace Smith investigations’ Daily Telegraph

October 25 – Heart of Stone by C.E. Murphy

In Murphy’s exciting series opener, Alban Korund, a winged, shape-shifting gargoyle, is framed as a murderer. He begs legal help from Margrit Knight, a human lawyer who at first thinks he’s your average Central Park stalker. Margrit soon becomes attracted to her stony client and fascinated by the shadowy world of the Old Races, who live secretly among humans. As she struggles to prove Alban’s innocence, Margrit herself battles a dangerous dragonlord, other gargoyles and a powerful vampire, as well as taking on the case of a selkie mother and baby living in a building destined for demolition. Margrit must also decide what to do about her jealous on-again/off-again boyfriend, Tony, a homicide detective who dislikes Alban and thinks he’s guilty. Realist, feminist Margrit makes for a deeply compelling heroine as she struggles to sort out the sudden upheaval in her professional and romantic lives. Murphy (Coyote Dreams) has created a refreshing addition to the urban fantasy landscape. (Nov.)
From Publishers Weekly

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