Events

Classics Made Modern: Ready Player One

Monday, March 12, 2018 | 1:30-3 p.m. | Marvin Auditorium 101C Books

Discuss 2Book Topeka selection Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, a dystopian science fiction novel set in 2044. Wade Watts searches a virtual reality game for an Easter egg that would lead him to inherit a fortune in a world wrecked by an energy crisis.

Classics Made Modern: Plainsong

Monday, April 9, 2018 | 1:30-3 p.m. | Marvin Auditorium 101C Adults

Discuss Plainsong by Kent Haruf, a 1999 National Book Award finalist. The lives of a high school teacher, a pregnant teenage girl and two elderly bachelors intersect. From these unsettled lives emerges a vision of life, and of the town and landscape that bind them together.

Classics Made Modern: Brother, I'm Dying

Monday, May 14, 2018 | 1:30-3 p.m. | Marvin Auditorium 101C Adults

Discuss Brother, I'm Dying by Edwidge Danticat, a 2007 Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography. Until she was twelve, when she finally joined her parents in Brooklyn, the author lived in the Bel Air section of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, as a member of her uncle's family.

Classics Made Modern: 2Book Topeka

Monday, June 11, 2018 | 1:30-3 p.m. | Marvin Auditorium 101C Adults

Discuss a 2Book Topeka selection from the June/July pairing

Classics Made Modern: Wonder

Monday, July 9, 2018 | 1:30-3 p.m. | Marvin Auditorium 101C Adults

Wonder by R.J. Palacio introduces August Pullman, who was born with a facial difference, as he begins 5th grade. The story includes perspectives from Auggie, his classmates, his family, and others, which converge in a portrait of one community’s struggle with empathy, compassion, and acceptance.

Classics Made Modern: Behind the Beautiful Forevers

Monday, August 13, 2018 | 1:30-3 p.m. | Marvin Auditorium 101C Adults

Discuss Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo, the 2012 National Book Award Nonfiction winner that carries the reader headlong into one of the twenty-first century’s hidden worlds, and into the lives of people impossible to forget.

Classics Made Modern: The Goldfinch

Monday, September 10, 2018 | 1:30-3 p.m. | Marvin Auditorium 101C Adults

Discuss The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, 2014 winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, which combines unforgettably vivid characters, mesmerizing language, and breathtaking suspense, in an old-fashioned story of loss and obsession, survival and self-invention, and the ruthless machinations of fate.

Classics Made Modern: Kidnapped

Monday, October 8, 2018 | 1:30-3 p.m. | Marvin Auditorium 101C Adults

Discuss Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson, a historical fiction adventure novel set around real 18th-century Scottish events and first published in 1886. The book raises moral issues around justice and the political situation of the time is portrayed from multiple viewpoints. Registration begins Monday, October 8.

Classics Made Modern: 2Book Topeka

Monday, November 12, 2018 | 1:30-3 p.m. | Marvin Auditorium 101C Adults

Discuss a 2Book Topeka selection to be announced soon.

Classics Made Modern: The Cricket on the Hearth

Monday, December 10, 2018 | 1:30-3 p.m. | Marvin Auditorium 101C Adults

The Cricket on the Hearth: A Fairy Tale of Home by Charles Dickens is the third of his five Christmas novellas, first published in 1845. For years, this story was more popular on stage than A Christmas Carol and is praised for its depiction of the Victorian ideal of the happy home.