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Good Reads

THIS WEEK: FEB. 4 to 10, 2011

Book Discussion and Signing, with Harrison Wick, author of “Luzerne County,” a book illustrating the boroughs, townships and villages in a collection of photographs, advertisements and histories. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. Saturday at 10 a.m. 821-1959.

Tolstoy Book Club, a continuing discussion of the epic “War and Peace.” Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Arena Hub Plaza, Wilkes-Barre Township. Wednesday at 7 p.m. 829-4210.

Wyoming County Reads, a discussion of the classic novel “Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley entitled “Frankenstein: Gothic Romance, Science Fiction or Feminist Novel?” Tunkhannock Public Library, 220 W. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. Wednesday at 7 p.m. 996-1500.

Socrates Café. Discuss, listen or raise questions about a philosophical topic. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. Thursday, 6:30 to 8 p.m. 821-1959.

History Book Club, a discussion of “Defenders of the Faith: Charles V, Suleyman the Magnificent and the Battle for Europe, 1520-1536” by James Reston Jr. Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Arena Hub Plaza, Wilkes-Barre Township. Thursday at 7 p.m. 829-4210.

FUTURE

Dickens Book Club, a continuing discussion of “Martin Chuzzlewit,” a satirical novel of selfish hypocrisy and financial speculation in England. Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Arena Hub Plaza, Wilkes-Barre Township. Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. 829-4210.

The Voice of Witness, a talk by award-winning poet, essayist and human-rights activist Carolyn Forché, who comments on ways in which warfare, imprisonment and other forms of suffering are given voice by writers around the world. Pearn Auditorium, Brennan Hall, University of Scranton. Feb. 16 at 7 p.m. Free and open to the public. 941-4051.

Wyoming County Reads the classic novel “Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley. Tunkhannock Public Library, 220 W. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 996-1500. Related discussions:

“Frankenstein: Psychological Insight.” Feb. 16 at 7 p.m.

“The Perpetual Struggle: Balancing Nature and Technology.” Feb. 23 at 7 p.m.

The Franklin Street Sleuths. The Mystery Book Club discusses “The Ninth Daughter” by Barbara Hamilton. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. Feb. 17, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Refreshments served. 821-1959.

Open Readings, of poems, short stories, drama and creative non-fiction by students, faculty and members of the community. Fitzgerald Room, Sheehy-Farmer Campus Center, King’s College, Wilkes-Barre. Feb. 21 at 7:30 p.m. Free. 208-5957.

Military Cookbook Project, a gathering of recipes by military men and women of the meals they missed most from home while in the service. Chef Kate Gabriele will be collecting recipes at the Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. Feb. 26, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 821-1959.

The Franklin Street Sleuths. The Mystery Book Club discusses “The Black Camel” by Earl Derr Biggers. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. March 17, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Refreshments served. 821-1959.

Book Signing and Award Presentation, with New York Times bestselling author Steve Berry, recipient of the Royden B. Davis Distinguished Author Award. DeNaples Center, 900 Mulberry St., University of Scranton. March 19 at 4:30 p.m. Free. 941-7816.

The Franklin Street Sleuths. The Mystery Book Club discusses “Strong Enough to Die” by Jon Land. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. April 14, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Refreshments served. 821-1959.

Going Green, an address by Raj Patel, author of the New York Times bestsellers “The Value of Nothing: How to Reshape Market Society and Redefine Democracy” and “Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System.” At the King’s College Global Landscape Conference in Burke Auditorium, West Union and North River streets, Wilkes-Barre. April 14 at 7:30 p.m. 208-5958.

Luncheon with a Special Author, sponsored by the Friends of the Back Mountain Memorial Library. With author Mary Slaby who writes under the pen name Molly Roe (“Call Me Kate”). Appletree Terrace, Newberry Estate, North Pioneer Avenue, Dallas. April 28 at 11 a.m. $25. 675-1182.

The Franklin Street Sleuths. The Mystery Book Club discusses “The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie” by Alan Bradley. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. May 19, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Refreshments served. 821-1959.

NEW RELEASES

Can’t Stop Now! The 18th poetry collection by Swoyersville native John Yamrus who is known for his lean, well-crafted poems. Published by Epic Rites Press and available at $17.50 at epicrites.org.

Untying Knots: Ten Simple Steps to Conclude a Toxic Relationship, a concise guide to help when you or someone you love is in a toxic relationship, written by Dallas resident Jennie R. Martin. Available at amazon.com or xlibris.com.

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