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Pulitzer Prize Winners Book Discussion Announced


This winter the library book discussion series will examine recent Pulitzer Prize winners. Discussions will be held on the first Monday of February, March, April and May at 6 p.m. Local educator, Barb Baker returns to lead the discussions. Registration is now being taken and books are available for pick-up.

The discussion on Monday, February 4 will feature the History winner from 2016, “Custer’s Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America” by T.J. Stiles. This is a rich and surprising new telling of the journey of the iconic American soldier whose death turns out not to have been the main point of his life.

The 2015 Fiction prize winner was “All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr. This is an imaginative and intricate novel inspired by the horrors of World War II and written in short, elegant chapters that explore human nature and the contradictory power of technology. “All the Light We Cannot See” will be discussed on Monday, March 4 at 6 p.m.

The discussion on Monday, April 1 will feature “Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City” by Matthew Desmond. This book won the coveted Non-fiction prize in 2017. This deeply researched exposé shows how mass evictions after the 2008 economic crash were less a consequence than a cause of poverty.

Rounding out the series will be the 2018 Biography winner, “Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder” by Caroline Fraser. A well researched and elegantly written portrait of Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of the Little House on the Prairie series that describes how Wilder transformed her family’s story of poverty, failure and struggle into an uplifting tale of self-reliance, familial love and perseverance.

Call (307-334-3490) or stop by the library, 425 S. Main St., Lusk to register for this upcoming series and pick up the first book!