April 1, 2013
Chris Bohjalian's novel "The Sandcastle Girls" has many traditional elements of compelling fiction - people with secrets, shocking plot twists, compulsively likable characters and a rich love story. It also describes the 1915 mass killing of Armenians - "The Slaughter You Know Next to Nothing About," as one of the characters in his book calls it. Bohjalian, who is at work on his 17th book, was inspired to write this one by the story of his Armenian grandparents. The author will talk about the novel April 22 as part of the new Baltimore Sun Book Club (see details, Page 7)
March 28, 2013
Activity Pals For single seniors. Get together with others to attend events, shop, go sightseeing, dine out and more. 301-596-6385. The Bain Center 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia. 410-313-7213. •Acting Up! Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. A theater club. Call center to confirm attendance. Free. •AcuDetox. Thursdays, 10 a.m. $20. •American Indian Experience. Second Mondays, 1 p.m. •Another Way to See It Laughter Club. Mondays, 9 a.m. $2 instructor fee at class each week.
February 24, 2013
I was delighted to see the cover piece on the Howard County Library System in the Feb. 21 issue of your paper. The HiTech initiative and numerous other services and programs were deservedly praised. Howard County is home to many passionate readers, and the library system makes an extraordinary effort to accommodate them, especially when it comes to book discussion groups. The December - February edition of Source, the library's award-winning publication, lists 17 library-sponsored book discussion groups offering 47 book discussions in that three month period.
November 22, 2012
Central Library 10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. 410-313-7800. •All Together Now. Saturdays, 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. All ages; 30 minutes. •Book Boosters. First Wednesdays, 7 p.m. •English Conversation Club. Mondays, 10 a.m.; and Thursdays, 7:30 p.m. Practice speaking and understanding English in a group setting. Register before attending. •Lincoln Exhibit: "The Constitution and the Civil War. " Through Nov. 30. •Mean Girls. Nov. 29, 6:30 p.m. Learn how to negotiate the social world of female friendships with Deborah West.
September 25, 2012
Introducing the Baltimore Sun Book Club The Sun is launching a reader book club with Emily Giffin's "Where We Belong" (St. Martin's Press, $27.99). Participation is easy: 1. Read the book 2. Go to the Baltimore Sun's Read Street Facebook page and start chatting with us as we ask questions about the book. We'll be chatting right up until Sept. 29. 3. Come hear Giffin when she discusses her new novel 12 p.m., Sept. 29 at the Baltimore Book Festival. The Sun is sponsoring her festival appearance at the Bank of America Literary Salon ( map )
September 8, 2012
Marian Caldwell has it all. Kind of. At 36, she's the executive producer of a scripted TV show. She's dating the handsome CEO of her network. And she has an apartment on Manhattan's Upper East Side. But Marian also has problems. Among them: The girl she gave up for adoption 18 years ago has just walked back into her life, and she has some questions - questions that will bring up secrets buried deep in Marian's past. So begins "Where We Belong," Emily Giffin's sixth novel, which debuted in late July and zoomed to the best-seller lists, just like her five previous works.