2009-09-10 / Happenings

Public library group to observe National Reading Group Month

To celebrate the joy of shared reading and to encourage more people to get involved in reading groups, the Women's National Book Association has designated October as "National Reading Group Month." Adult readers may attend the next meeting of Page-Turners, a book discussion club at the Houghton Lake Public Library that celebrates the joy of shared reading all year.

Page-Turners will meet on Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. The book selected for discussion is "The Pillars of the Earth" by Ken Follett.

Known for writing thrillers like "Eye of the Needle," Follett became intrigued with cathedrals after viewing England's Peterborough Cathedral, which is now known as the Cathedral Church of St Peter, St Paul and St Andrew. The cathedral's amazing architecture, craftsmanship, and history (burial place of two queens), dated back 1,200 years. Follett was mesmerized.

Raised in a very conservative religious sect that prohibited all types of decoration in churches, he had also read about European architecture. Both led to his habit of visiting cathedrals. He came to understand the magnitude and complexity of building a cathedral, but always wondered why they were built.

Years later, after many successful thrillers, "The Pillars of the Earth," was finally published in 1989 and has continued to sell every year since.

To join Page-Turners, check out a copy of "The Pillars of the Earth" or the audio book now and begin reading or listening. Open to the public and free of charge, Page-Turners offers an evening for those who love to read and discuss good books.

Adult readers may come alone or invite friends. Stop by the library or call 366-9230 for information.

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