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NEA BIG READ 2017: Five Skies by Ron Carlson

“Five Skies is the story of three men working a doomed construction project in the Rocky Mountains of Idaho. "In such traditionally masculine genres as private eye mysteries, techno-thrillers ... and 'hard' science fiction, there is one common theme: Men at Work," writes Carlson fan Michael Dirda in The Washington Post. "If one invests any work—building a ramp or writing a novel—with sufficient attention, care and reverence, the result can be a kind of prayer." Writes Entertainment Weekly: "Ron Carlson's beautifully crafted and emotionally wrenching novel about nonverbal but deep-feeling males in flyover country is more refreshing than an ice-cold Coors."”

Ron Carlson "is one of the best-kept secrets in American letters," writes Bookmarks. "He's considered one of the best stylists working today, his name uttered along with those of Wallace Stegner, Thomas McGuane, Jim Harrison, Kent Haruf, and other writers who explore the terrain and unique spirit of the American West." A recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts creative writing fellowship and "master of the short story" (Booklist), his distinguished oeuvre includes five collections of short stories, six novels, two poetry collections, one work of nonfiction, and appearances in many "Best Of" anthologies.



Ron Carlson's Five Skies – Author Talk via Skype on October 5th at 1:30 pm


October Book Club Meetings

Bookies- October 5th at 1:30pm

All Over the Page- October 7th at 7:00pm

Renaissance Readers- October 10th at 10:15am

Pardon Our Youth- October 16th at 6:00pm

Literary Angles- October 17th at 1:30pm

*This month all of our book clubs are completing and discussing: Five Skies by Ron Carlson as part of our NEA BIG READ Event.


Great Decisions- Nuclear Security

October 3 @ 10:15am

"Great Decisions is America's largest discussion program on world affairs.  The program model involves reading the Great Decisions Briefing book, watching DVD episodes for each topic, and meeting to discuss the most critical global issues facing America today. "


Socrates Cafe' - Euthanasia

October 13th @ 10am

Socrates Café meetings are gatherings where people from different backgrounds exchange thoughtful ideas and experiences while embracing the central theme of Socratizing; the idea that we learn more when we question and question with others.             



Candid Conversations - Resisting Change

October 14th @ 10am

Candid Conversations discussion group is designed to open honest, respectful discussion among participants.  Each meeting begins with a short video presentation related to the selected topic for the discussion.  Come to learn and to share! 



Coloring Club for Adults- October 24 @ 5pm

No need to be an artist to enjoy a relaxing hour of coloring!  We'll provide the coloring pages, pencils, hot tea, and calm music.