What We're Reading

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Host and staff librarian Tammy Bobrowsky interviews authors and talks books with community members. Be a part of our online What We're Reading Community on Facebook where you can get great book recommendations from other community members and let us know what you're reading! 

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Emily Osborne

Sarah Pinkser is a writer and musician based out of Baltimore, Maryland. She’s the recipient of the 2016 Nebula Award, recognizing the best works of science fiction or fantasy published in the United States. She’s had stories in many magazines and anthologies, a book of stories published earlier this year, but we’ll be talking to her about debut novel: A Song for a New Day. In a not-too distant time, where public gatherings are illegal, making concerts impossible, two women are willing to break the law for their love of music and for one chance at human connection.

Emily Osborne

Last September, I interviewed writer and musician Sarah Pinkser on her speculative fiction novel A Song for a New Day. The premise of her novel should sound eerily familiar to all of us now: A global pandemic makes public gatherings illegal and for musicians -- concerts are impossible and become a thing of the past. It’s been hard to listen to the news the past few weeks without thinking about Sarah’s book, so I checked in with her to find out what’s been on her mind now that her novel and real-life events are unfolding in parallel.

How to Access Free eBooks and Audiobooks

Mar 22, 2020

Need a good read during the quarantine? Here are just a few resources for you to access free eBooks and audiobooks.

Your own public library system can provide you with a great selection of eBooks and audiobooks: 

What We're Reading, February 2020

Mar 21, 2020

  On this edition of What We’re Reading we’ve got 3 great debut novels we’ll be showcasing: Kiley Reid’s story of a young black babysitter & her well intentioned white employer, Such A Fun Age is the name of her novel;  we’ll hear about a clever & lighthearted story about a truth-telling notebook that brings 6 strangers together, The Authenticity Project by English writer Clare Pooley; and Minnesota writer Kathleen West’s debut novel is Minor Dramas & Other Catastrophes--a story about a privileged high school, overworked teachers &amp

Favorite Books With Our Community Members

Feb 28, 2020

Khalid Hosseini’s novels, The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns are known for being heartbreaking, yet beautiful stories, and they're two of community member Arnold Dahl Wooley’s favorite books. Arnold is the owner of the Big Winnie Store in Bena, he’s also a public speaker and LGBTQ/Two Spirit advocate. He says The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns are heart-wrenching stories that make us reflect on our own childhood and what we all have in common despite differences in race, class, and culture.