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One City, One Book 2009:
Nashua Reads Skeletons at the Feast

Skeletons at the Feast by Chris Bohjalian was the selection for the seventh annual Nashua Reads: One City, One Book program in Nashua.

Check back here in June to find out what book has been chosen for the 2010 Nashua Reads program.

Skeletons at the Feast takes place in 1945, in the waning months of World War II, as a small group of people begin the longest journey of their lives: an attempt to cross the remnants of the Third Reich, from Warsaw to the Rhine if necessary, to reach the British and American lines.

Among the group, there is the 18-year-old daughter of Prussian aristocrats; her lover, a 20-year-old prisoner of war; and a Wehrmacht corporal who is in reality a Jew from Germany who managed a daring escape from a train bound for Auschwitz. As they work their way west, they encounter a countryside ravaged by war. Capturing the flesh-and-blood of history, the book is a rich tapestry that puts a moving face on one of the 20th century's greatest tragedies.

About Chris Bohjalian
Bohjalian won the New England Book Award in 2002, and his novel Midwives was a selection of Oprah's Book Club. Until Skeletons at the Feast, most of his books grappled with controversial contemporary issues like homelessness, mental illness, animal rights, alternative medicine, and midwifery. Bohjalian, who lives in Vermont, is willing to answer email questions from book clubs, and to schedule 20-minute speakerphone conferences with them. More information is available at www.chrisbohjalian.com.

Get your copy now
The library has 50 copies of Skeletons at the Feast, in addition to large-print and audio copies. A set of 12 books, including two large-print copies, is available for borrowing by book groups. Reserve your copy; read it, talk about it with your friends, coworkers, and neighbors, and then attend these upcoming programs.

Documentary
Angels of Austria: The Church that Reached Out to Holocaust Survivors
In 1995, a church in Austria attempted to reverse anti-Semitism by inviting Jewish survivors to return to their former hometown for a week of friendship, hoping for forgiveness. Judy Faust accompanied her mother, and all embarked on an emotional roller-coaster ride. How can people heal from the Holocaust and other wars?
Q&A and discussion after the screening with the producer. See a preview at www.connectyourstories.com.
Thursday, October 15, 2009, 7 pm
Nashua Public Library Theater

RISE course
This course, led by Anne Hostage, includes lecture and discussion related to Skeletons at the Feast and the issues it raises. Sponsored by the library and the Rivier Institute for Senior Education; free and open to the public. Participants may attend some or all sessions.
Tuesdays, October 20 – November 17, 2009, 10:45 am - 12:15 pm
Nashua Public Library Theater

Book Discussion
Your chance to voice your opinion about the Nashua Reads 2009 selection. Discussion led by Sharon Dean, retired Rivier College English professor.
Thursday, October 22, 2009, 7 pm
Nashua Public Library Theater

Beyond the Book: An Afternoon with Chris Bohjalian
Thanks to the Friends of the Library, author Chris Bohjalian will be on hand to talk about Skeletons at the Feast and answer your questions. Toadstool Bookshop will be on hand to sell copies of Bohjalian's books for signing. Before the presentation, there will also be an opportunity to meet the author at a private wine and cheese reception.  

Tickets are $5 for the public presentation. Opurchase a $25 ticket, good for the private reception as well as the presentation. You can purchase tickets starting August 25 (cash or check only) either at the library, One World Trading (111 Main Street, Nashua), or Beckonings (221 Main Street, Nashua). You can also order tickets by mail using this order form.

If you have questions about this event, call 888-3298 or email beyondthebook@nplfriends.com.

Sunday, October 25, 2009
Private reception: 1 pm
Public presentation: 2 pm
Rivier College Dion Center
16 Clement Street, Nashua

Book Clubs

Chris Bohjalian is willing to answer email questions from your book club, and to schedule 20-minute speakerphone conferences with your group. More information is available at www.chrisbohjalian.com. You can reserve one of the library's Skeletons at the Feast book-club kits, which contain 10 regular paperback copies of the book and two large-print copies, at www.nashualibrary.org.