which means that we are pretty close to the kick off meeting for this season’s Bagels and Books.  We are meeting this year on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 2:30 in the Trustees Room at the Maynard Library.

If you haven’t been before – this is a different book discussion group because we don’t all read a book and then talk about it together.  We choose a topic or a place or an author or some other subject that interests us and then we all share information about the books we have read about it.  And we are pretty flexible about how close that connection has to be.

At the first meeting we’ll be sharing our summer reading.  Our last meeting was in March so you should have several books to recommend (or possibly warn against).  We’ll choose topics for the rest of our meetings at that session.  And there will be cookies and tea – hope to see you there.



Man Booker Short List announced

I always have mixed feelings about the winners of the Man Booker – which is indeed a prestigious award but sometimes the books are a bit beyond me.  Any of you have a favorite Man Booker winner?

LONDON — The shortlist for this year’s Man Booker Prize for Fiction, among the most prestigious literary honors in the world, includes six books by authors from Britain, Canada, South Africa and the United States, the prize committee said on Tuesday.

The nominees for the award, which comes with a cash prize of £50,000, or around $66,400, were chosen from a longlist of 13 names, which was announced in July.

The shortlisted books are:

■ The Canadian author Madeleine Thien’s “Do Not Say We Have Nothing,” about the legacy of the Cultural Revolution in China.

■ The American writer Paul Beatty’s “The Sellout,” a satire on black life in the United States.

■ The Canadian-British author David Szalay’s “All That Man Is,” a series of nine stories about male protagonists.

■ The Scottish writer Graeme Macrae Burnet’s “His Bloody Project,” a historical thriller inspired by a multiple homicide in the 19th century.

■ The South African-born British novelist Deborah Levy’s “Hot Milk,” a coming-of-age story about a young Anglo-Greek woman.

■ “Eileen,” the debut novel by the American author Ottessa Moshfegh, which centers on a young woman working at a juvenile detention center in 1960s New England.