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Discuss Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil – Banned Book Club article

By Pam Stevens

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, a Savannah Story, by John Berendt, is a “non-fiction novel,” published in 1994, which reads like suspenseful fiction but is essentially a true story based on events in the
1980s. Everyone interested is invited to join in discussing this intriguing title at the Mira Mesa Library’s Banned Book Club Meeting Tuesday, August 25, 6:30pm to 8pm, via Zoom.

The novel has a strong sense of place, painting a picture of life among the aristocratic families of Savannah, Georgia. The plot revolves around an antiques dealer on trial for the murder of a male prostitute. The novel is
among those listed by the American Library Association as having been “frequently banned or challenged” for various reasons somewhere over the years. For details, see the link for 2008-09 at:

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil was adapted as a movie in 1997, directed and produced by Clint Eastwood and starring John Cusack and Kevin Spacey.If you would enjoy participating in the Aug. 25 discussion, please email book group facilitator Pam Stevens,, by Monday, Aug. 24, and you will be added to the list to receive 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. However, library materials may be checked out by placing holds online, ebooks and databases, and
library staff are available by phone during business hours weekdays to assist you in placing holds for materials or answering reference questions in general. The Mira Mesa Branch Library is among the 18 San Diego City
library locations which are currently “contact free” holds pick-up locations. All library locations now have book drops open for returns, from Monday at 9am through Friday at 5:30pm. 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

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.

September 29, 2020, will be the group’s Annual Title Selection Meeting!

Everyone is invited to help choose books to read and discuss from October 2020 through August 2021!

For more information, email book group facilitator Pam Stevens,

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