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B.Y.O.Book Upcoming Events

by Candice Smith on July 8th, 2016
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If you’re in the mood for a little reading, eating, and talking, think about joining us at one of our B.Y.O.Book meetups. For the Summer/Fall series, we will be celebrating the exhibition of Shakespeare’s First Folio at the University of Iowa Main Library Gallery (August 29-September 25) by featuring a nonfiction book about Shakespeare’s work and two fiction books that have Shakespearean themes. This will be a very unique opportunity to read a book (or three) by or about one of the world’s most famous and influential writers, while at the same time having the chance to view the first printing of his collected plays.

Tuesday, August 2, 6-7 p.m. at The Mill (120 E. Burlington St.) we will be discussing Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World.

Tuesday, September 20, 6-7 p.m. at Share Wine Lounge & Small Plate Bistro (in the Sheraton Hotel) we will be discussing Andrea Mays’ The Millionaire and the Bard: Henry Folger’s Obsessive Hunt for Shakespeare’s First Folio.

Tuesday, October 18, 6-7 p.m. at Northside Bistro (203 N. Linn St.) we will be discussing Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven: a Novel.

There will be a limited number of copies of the books available at the second floor Info Desk in the Library. If you have questions or want more information, please call 356-5200, or email candice-smith@icpl.org or jason-paulios@icpl.org

We hope you can join us!

B.Y.O.Book: Spring dates set, books picked–we just need you!

by Candice Smith on February 26th, 2016
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B.Y.O.Book, the Library’s books-in-bars group, is ready to welcome the spring–it’s time for a few good books, some good food and drink, and a lot of great conversation! In recognition of the 100th anniversary of the Pulitzer Prize awards, we’ve picked three past winners. We hope you can join us to read and discuss one, or all, of them.

March 22, 6-7 p.m., is our first meet-up; join us at Share Wine Lounge & Small Plate Bistro, in the Sheraton to discuss The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, by Junot Díaz. Winner of the Pulitzer for Fiction in 2008, the book follows Oscar — a Dominican American, an overweight, geeky teenage nerd–as he tries to navigate his everyday life, fulfill his dream of becoming a writer and, more important, finding love — all in the face of a family curse that has haunted the Wao’s for generations.. I think Michiko Kakutani said it best, in a review for The New York Times: “…a wondrous, not-so-brief first novel that is so original it can only be described as Mario Vargas Llosa meets “Star Trek” meets David Foster Wallace meets Kanye West.” Readers, how can you resist?

You can register for the event, and check our catalog for a copy of the book–we’ve got print copies as well as CD, ebook and eaudio. We will also have a bookclub kit at the Info Desk soon, so give us a call to see if there are any available copies.

Future dates and titles are April 26 (Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner, at Northside Bistro) and May 24 (The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo by Tom Reiss, at the Mill). We hope to see you there!

 

 

Another round of B.Y.O.Book!

by Candice Smith on August 7th, 2014

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We’re getting ready for our next B.Y.O.Book meet-up, and this time we’re taking a wild ride through the digestive system–top to bottom, so to speak!

Join us August 26 at Trumpet Blossom to discuss Mary Roach’s Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal and indulge in some great drinks, eats, and atmosphere. I’ve already gotten a good start on this book, and it’s incredibly smart, entertaining, and just the right amount of ewww/ick factor that one might expect.

If you need a copy of the book, they are now available at the Info Desk on the second floor of the Library–stop by and sign one out! You can also go here to register for the event.

 

B.Y.O.Book Begins Aug. 26 at Trumpet Blossom Cafe

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on August 5th, 2014

BYOB 2014

B.Y.O.Book, the Iowa City Public Library’s first-ever Books in Bars Book Club meetup, is back for a second round.

Join librarians Jason Paulios and Candice Smith as they discuss three books at three local drinking establishments in Iowa City on Aug. 26, Sept. 16, and Oct. 28.

B.Y.O.Book will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26, at Trumpet Blossom Café, 310 E. Prentiss St., to discuss “Gulp : Adventures on the Alimentary Canal” by Mary Roach. Called “America’s funniest science writer” by The Washington Post, Roach’s investigation of the alimentary canal – also known as the digestive tract – is both informative and entertaining.

On Tuesday, Sept. 16, B.Y.O.Book will meet at The Mill, 120 E. Burlington St., at 7 p.m. to talk about Jennifer Egan’s Pulitzer-prize winning novel, “A Visit from the Goon Squad.” Called “A new classic of American fiction” by Time magazine, “A Visit from the Goon Squad” is a collection of intertwined stories centered around a small group of people with ties to the music industry and/or each other.”

The final B.Y.O.Book meeting of 2014 will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 28, at Basta Pizzeria Ristorante, 121 Iowa Ave. This meeting will feature Tom Rachman’s debut novel “The Imperfectionists,” which follows the topsy-turvy private lives of the reporters and editors of an English-language newspaper in Rome.

Limited copies of all Books in Bars Book Club books are available for check out from Information Desk staff on the Library’s second floor.

Due to space limitations, registration is encouraged. To register, call the Library at (319) 356-5200.

Throwback Thursday…and a beer!

by Candice Smith on March 6th, 2014

So, this pBYOBookast Tuesday, I found myself wanting to discuss a good book and  have a nice beer. That happens to me often on Tuesdays…wait, what did you say? You too??!!

Well, you’re in luck! Get ready for B.Y.O.Book, the Library’s new books in bars book club. One Tuesday during each of the next three months we’re going to meet in a local bar, discuss some literature, maybe have a drink and meet some like-minded readers. First on the agenda is Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel. It’s a long book, I know, but by now a lot of you might have already read it; if not, stop by the Reference Desk and grab a copy. Then, meet us on Tuesday, March 18 at 7 p.m. at the Sanctuary Pub.

To get started, here’s the blog I did about the book on January 15, 2010.

B.Y.O.Book Begins March 18 at Sanctuary Pub

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on March 6th, 2014

B.Y.O.Book, the Iowa City Public Library’s first-ever Books in Bars Book Club meetup, will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 18, at Sanctuary Pub, 405 S Gilbert St.BYOBook

Join librarians Jason Paulios and Candice Smith as they discuss Hilary Mantel’s “Wolf Hall.” This Booker Prize-winning novel is the re-imagining of life under Henry VIII, as seen through the eyes of his chief minister, Thomas Cromwell.

There also will be a short beer primer, courtesy of Sanctuary staff.

Can’t make it on March 18? The second B.Y.O.Book meetup will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, at Brix Cheese Shop & Wine Bar, 209 N. Linn St. Featuring Michael Paterniti’s “The Telling Room: A Tale of Love, Betrayal, Revenge, and the World’s Greatest Piece of Cheese,” this piece of literary non-fiction was named one of the Best Books of 2013 by National Public Radio.

The third and final B.Y.O.Book meetup will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 13, at Motley Cow Café, 160 N. Linn St. This meeting will feature Raymond Chandler’s classic story of seduction and murder, “The Big Sleep.”

Limited copies of all Books in Bars Book Club books available for check out from Information Desk staff on the Library’s second floor.

Due to space limitations, registration is encouraged. To register, visit:

http://calendar.icpl.org/view.php?did=29152 for the April 15th Brix Cheese Shop & Wine Bar event

or http://calendar.icpl.org/view.php?did=29153 for the May 13th Motley Cow Cafe event.

For additional information or help with registration, call the Library at (319) 356-5200.

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