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Celebrate National Poetry Month with a Discussion of The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran at Mira Mesa Library’s Banned Book Club Virtual Meeting April 28

By Pam Stevens

Do you enjoy reading and talking about books? The Mira Mesa Library’s Banned Book Club, a book group with a “freedom to read” theme, meets the last Tuesday of each month (no meeting in December) at 6:30pm.

Although the group normally meets at the library, meetings are currently taking place virtually via the meeting platform, Zoom. On Tuesday, April 28, 2020, the group will meet via Zoom from 6:30 to 8pm to discuss The Prophet, a collection of poetic essays or “prose poems” by Kahlil Gibran, Lebanese-American writer, poet, and painter, in celebration of National Poetry Month. If you would enjoy joining in the discussion, or simply sitting in and listening, please email book group facilitator Pam Stevens, pstevens@san.rr.com, by Sunday evening, April 26 for the meeting ID. Please join us!

Currently the Mira Mesa Branch Library is closed to the public until further notice to prevent the spread of COVID-19, but library online services are available, including ebooks and databases. “Spring Into Reading,” a virtual reading incentive program for all ages during April, has online registration available via the San Diego Public Library website. For further information about library services see http://www.sandiegolibrary.org.

Whether virtual or in-person, future Mira Mesa Banned Book Club meetings will feature discussions of these titles:

May 26, 2020: Rabbit on a Bumpy Road, by Tom Hom. Autobiography of first Asian-American San Diego City Councilmember. Hom served on City Council in the 1960s and later in the State Assembly.

June 30, 2020: The Death of Artemio Cruz, by Carlos Fuentes. Novel looking back on life of a Mexican newspaper magnate, told as he recalls pivotal moments while on his deathbed. Listed as a challenged book in ALA’s Banned Books Resource Guide (2007).

July 28, 2020: Ecce Homo, by Friedrich Nietzsche. Philosophical autobiography in which Nietzsche discusses his life and the various philosophical works he has written.

August 27, 2020: Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil: A Savannah Story, by John Berendt. True crime. Listed at http://www.ala.org/advocacy/bbooks/frequentlychallengedbooks, 2008-09.

September 29, 2020: Annual Title Selection Meeting! Everyone is invited to help choose!

For more information, email book group facilitator Pam Stevens, pstevens@san.rr.com.

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