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, May 26, 2020, the group will meet via Zoom from 6:30 to 8pm to discuss Rabbit on a Bumpy Road by Tom Hom, who was the first Asian-American elected to the San Diego City Council.
Tom Hom, a second generation Chinese-American, was born in San Diego in 1927, the Year of the Rabbit. Now 93, Hom has long been active in civic affairs. He was elected to San Diego City Council in 1963 and served as a
Councilmember in the early 1960s, later serving as a California State Assemblymember from 1968 to 1970. In the 1970s Hom founded a real estate company and became involved in the development of downtown San Diego.
If you would enjoy joining in the discussion, or simply sitting in and listening, please email book group facilitator Pam Stevens, firstname.lastname@example.org, and you will be added to the list to receive the meeting ID prior to the May 26 discussion. 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. 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:
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, email@example.com.