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Discuss The Death of Artemio Cruz June 30 at Mira Mesa Library’s Banned Book Club Meeting via Zoom

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.

On Tuesday, June 30, 2020, the group will meet via Zoom from 6:30 to 8pm to discuss The Death of Artemio Cruz, by Carlos Fuentes. The novel looks back on the life of a Mexican newspaper magnate, told as he recalls pivotal moments while on his deathbed. The title is listed as a “challenged book” in ALA’s Banned Books Resource Guide (2007). 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, June 28, and you will be added to the list to receive the meeting ID for the June 30 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. In addition, the Mira Mesa Branch Library is now one of 11 San Diego City library locations which are “contact free holds pick-up locations” for items patrons have place on hold. Starting June 1, 2020, library patrons can now place holds again, requesting a title from any branch in the system and getting it sent to one of the holds pickup locations. For further information about library services, call the Mira Mesa Branch Library, 858-538-8165, Monday through Friday from 9:30am to 5:30pm, or see http://www.sandiegolibrary.org.

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

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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