Book Discussion Group

Meeting of the G. K. Chesterton Society of Metropolitan Chicago

Title: Joan of Arc

Author: Hilaire Belloc

 

Description


One of the most artful narratives ever written concerning the life of The Maid. Hilaire Belloc wrote with a familiarity only possessed by those with an intimate knowledge of the facts. A Catholic, of both French and English descent, Belloc clearly had an emotional affinity for this episode in the long struggle between the two nations.

About the Author


Hilaire Belloc (1870-1953) was one of the great Catholic authors and historians of the twentieth century. Born in France, but raised in Great Britain, he later became a naturalised British subject and served in Parliament from 1906 to 1910. After his brief political career Belloc continued his writing, commenting on a large variety of topics throughout his lifetime.

 

 

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Published: Cavalier Books - March 2nd, 2013

History Discussion Group (Clio's Chroniclers Meeting)

History Discussion Group Meeting

Titlle: Astoria: Astor and Jefferson's Lost Pacific Empire: A Tale of Ambition and Survival on the Early American Frontier

Author: Peter Stark

Date: July 29, 2018

Day: Sunday

Time: 2:00 PM

 

Description


In the tradition of The Lost City of Z and Skeletons in the ZaharaAstoria is the thrilling, true-adventure tale of the 1810 Astor Expedition, an epic, now forgotten, three-year journey to forge an American empire on the Pacific Coast. Peter Stark offers a harrowing saga in which a band of explorers battled nature, starvation, and madness to establish the first American settlement in the Pacific Northwest and opened up what would become the Oregon trail, permanently altering the nation's landscape and its global standing.

Six years after Lewis and Clark's began their journey to the Pacific Northwest, two of the Eastern establishment's leading figures, John Jacob Astor and Thomas Jefferson, turned their sights to founding a colony akin to Jamestown on the West Coast and transforming the nation into a Pacific trading power. Author and correspondent for Outside magazine Peter Stark recreates this pivotal moment in American history for the first time for modern readers, drawing on original source material to tell the amazing true story of the Astor Expedition.

Unfolding over the course of three years, from 1810 to 1813, Astoria is a tale of high adventure and incredible hardship in the wilderness and at sea. Of the more than one hundred-forty members of the two advance parties that reached the West Coast—one crossing the Rockies, the other rounding Cape Horn—nearly half perished by violence. Others went mad. Within one year, the expedition successfully established Fort Astoria, a trading post on the Columbia River. Though the colony would be short-lived, it opened provincial American eyes to the potential of the Western coast and its founders helped blaze the Oregon Trail.

 

 

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Published: Ecco - February 10th, 2015

Mystery Writers of America (Midwest Region) Meeting

Mystery Writers of America (Midwest Region) Meeting

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    Date September 16, 2018

      Day: Sunday

       Time: 12:00 to 2:00PM

Change in Schedule.

Guest Speaker:  Julia Borcherts of Kaye Publicity

Topic: How to Be an Author on Social Media.

Here's more about Julia:
Julia Borcherts is the publicity manager for Kaye Publicity, a literary and entertainment PR firm. She received her M.F.A in Creative Writing and her M.A. in the Teaching of Writing from Columbia College Chicago. Before joining Kaye Publicity, she was a daily columnist for several Chicago Tribune publications and a frequent contributor to Time Out Chicago, Windy City Times and many other media outlets. She is an adjunct professor in the Department of Creative Writing at Columbia College Chicago and in the Masters in Written Communications program at National Louis University and regularly speaks at conferences and workshops on the topics of publicity, social media and author branding

 

Mystery Discussion Group

Mystery Discussion Group*

Leader: Mia Manasala

Date:October 20, 2018

Day: Saturday

Time: 2:00 - 4:00 PM

Title: The Last Place You Look                   Author: Kristen Leplonka

Description


Kristen Lepionka's 2018 Anthony Award Nominee for Best First Novel, The Last Place You Look is a head-on collision between an allegedly closed case and a tenacious, troubled private investigator who doesn't know when to quit. Nobody knows what happened to Sarah Cook. The beautiful blonde teenager disappeared fifteen years ago, the same night her parents were brutally murdered in their suburban Ohio home. Her boyfriend Brad Stockton--black and from the wrong side of the tracks--was convicted of the murders and is now on death row. Though he's maintained his innocence all along, the clock is running out. His execution is only weeks away when his devoted sister insists she spied Sarah at an area gas station. Willing to try anything, she hires PI Roxane Weary to look at the case and see if she can locate Sarah. Brad might be in a bad way, but private investigator Roxane Weary isn't doing so hot herself. Still reeling from the recent death of her cop father in the line of duty, her main way of dealing with her grief has been working as little and drinking as much as possible. But Roxane finds herself drawn in to the story of Sarah's vanishing act, especially when she links the disappearance to one of her father's unsolved murder cases involving another teen girl. The stakes get higher as Roxane discovers that the two girls may not be the only beautiful blonde teenagers who've turned up missing or dead. As her investigation gets darker and darker, Roxane will have to risk everything to find the truth. Lives depend on her cracking this case--hers included.

About the Author


Kristen Lepionka grew up mostly in her local public library, where she could be found with a big stack of adult mysteries before she was out of middle school. Her writing has been selected for McSweeney's Internet Tendency, Grift, and Black Elephant. She is also the editor of Betty Fedora, a semi-annual journal that publishes feminist crime fiction and lives in Columbus, Ohio, with her partner and two cats.Kristen is the author of the Roxane Weary series, including The Last Place You Look and What You Want to See.

*To attend and discuss this book with the Mystery Discussion Group you are required to buy the book at Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore. C&S carries the book by the prior month's meeting. Call to reserve your copy.

 

 

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Published: Minotaur Books - May 2018

Mystery Discussion Group

Mystery Discussion Group*

Leader: Mary Beth Logas

Date: August 18, 2018

Day: Saturday

Time: 2:00 - 4:00 PM

Title: The Daughter of Time            Author: Josephine Tey

Description


"One of the best mysteries of all time" (The New York Times)--Josephine Tey recreates one of history's most famous--and vicious--crimes in her classic bestselling novel, a must read for connoisseurs of fiction, now with a new introduction by Robert Barnard. Inspector Alan Grant of Scotland Yard, recuperating from a broken leg, becomes fascinated with a contemporary portrait of Richard III that bears no resemblance to the Wicked Uncle of history. Could such a sensitive, noble face actually belong to one of the world's most heinous villains--a venomous hunchback who may have killed his brother's children to make his crown secure? Or could Richard have been the victim, turned into a monster by the usurpers of England's throne? Grant determines to find out once and for all, with the help of the British Museum and an American scholar, what kind of man Richard Plantagenet really was and who killed the Little Princes in the Tower. The Daughter of Time is an ingeniously plotted, beautifully written, and suspenseful tale, a supreme achievement from one of mystery writing's most gifted masters.

About the Author


Elizabeth MacKintosh used two pen names during her writing career: Josephine Tey, who was also her Suffolk great-great-grandmother, and Gordon Daviot. She was born in 1897 in Inverness, Scotland, where she attended the Royal Academy. Miss MacKintosh later trained for three years at the Anstey Physical Training College in Birmingham, then began her teaching career as a physical training instructor. She gave up teaching to keep house for her father, who lived near Loch Ness, and pursue her writing. Her first book was The Man in the Queue (1929), published under the Gordon Daviot pseudonym, and it introduced the character of Inspector Grant, familiar now from the Tey novels. The author wrote chiefly under the signature of Gordon Daviot from 1929 to 1946, during which time her works included the play Richard of Bordeaux (1933), which ran for a year with John Gielgud in the lead part. The first of the Josephine Tey mysteries, A Shilling for Candies, was published in 1936 and was eventually followed by Miss Pym Disposes in 1947. Also included among the Tey mysteries are The Franchise Affair (1949), Brat Farrar (1949), To Love and Be Wise (1950), The Daughter of Time (1951), and The Singing Sands (1952). Elizabeth MacKintosh died in London on February 13, 1952.

*To attend and discuss this book with the Mystery Discussion Group you are required to buy the book at Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore. C&S carries the book by the prior month's meeting. Call to reserve your copy.

 

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Published: Scribner - November 29th, 1995

Mystery Discussion Group

Mystery Discussion Group*

Leader: Karrie Major

Date: July 21, 2018

Day: Saturday

Time: 2:00 - 4:00 PM

Title: Jade Lady Burning                   Author: Martin Limon

Description


Meet Sergeants George Sue o and Ernie Bascom in their first investigation, set in 1970s South Korea

Almost twenty years after the end of the Korean War, the US Military is still present throughout South Korea, and tensions run high. Koreans look for any opportunity to hate the soldiers who drink at their bars and carouse with their women. When Pak Ok-suk, a young Korean woman, is found brutally murdered in a torched apartment in the Itaewon red-light district of Seoul, it looks like it might be the work of her American soldier boyfriend. Sergeants George Sue o and Ernie Bascom, Military Police for the US 8th Army, are assigned to the case, but they have nothing to go on other than a tenuous connection to an infamous prostitute. As repressed resentments erupt around them, the pair sets out on an increasingly dangerous quest to find evidence that will exonerate their countryman.

About the Author


Martin Limón retired from military service after twenty years in the US Army, including ten years in Korea. He is the author of eleven novels in the Sueño and Bascom series, including Jade Lady Burning, The Iron Sickle, The Ville Rat, and Ping-Pong Heart, as well as the short story collection Nightmare Range. He lives near Seattle.

 

*To attend and discuss this book with the Mystery Discussion Group you are required to buy the book at Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore. C&S carries the book by the prior month's meeting. Call to reserve your copy.

 

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Published: Soho Crime - October 4th, 2011

Mystery Discussion Group

Mystery Discussion Group*

Leader: John Cline

Date: November 17, 2018

Day: Saturday

Time: 2:00 - 4:00 PM

Title: Art In the Blood                   Author: Bonnie MacBird

Description


London. A snowy December, 1888. Sherlock Holmes, 34, is languishing and back on cocaine after a disastrous Ripper investigation. Watson can neither comfort nor rouse his friend - until a strangely encoded letter arrives from Paris.

Mlle La Victoire, a beautiful French cabaret star writes that her illegitimate son by an English lord has disappeared, and she has been attacked in the streets of Montmartre.

Racing to Paris with Watson at his side, Holmes discovers the missing child is only the tip of the iceberg of a much larger problem. The most valuable statue since the Winged Victory has been violently stolen in Marseilles, and several children from a silk mill in Lancashire have been found murdered. The clues in all three cases point to a single, untouchable man.

Will Holmes recover in time to find the missing boy and stop a rising tide of murders? To do so he must stay one step ahead of a dangerous French rival and the threatening interference of his own brother, Mycroft.

This latest adventure, in the style of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, sends the iconic duo from London to Paris and the icy wilds of Lancashire in a case which tests Watson's friendship and the fragility and gifts of Sherlock Holmes' own artistic nature to the limits.

About the Author


Bonnie MacBird was born and raised in San Francisco and fell in love with Sherlock Holmes by reading the canon at age ten. She attended Stanford University, earning a BA in Music and an MA in Film. Her long Hollywood career includes feature film development exec at Universal, the original screenplay for the movie TRON, three Emmy Awards for documentary writing and producing, numerous produced plays and musicals, and theatre credits as an actor and director. In addition to her work in entertainment, Bonnie teaches a popular screenwriting class at UCLA Extension, as well as being an accomplished water-colourist. She is a regular speaker on writing, creativity, and Sherlock Holmes. She lives in Los Angeles, with frequent trips to London.

 

*To attend and discuss this book with the Mystery Discussion Group you are required to buy the book at Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore. C&S carries the book by the prior month's meeting. Call to reserve your copy.

 

 

 

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Published: Collins Crime Club - July 12th, 2016

Mystery Discussion Group

Mystery Discussion Group*

Leader: Julie Jezuit.

Date: December 15, 2018

Day: Saturday

Time: 2:00 - 4:00 PM

Title: What She Knew                    Author: Gilly MacMillan

Rachel Jenner is walking in a Bristol park with her eight-year-old son, Ben, when he asks if he can run ahead. It’s an ordinary request on an ordinary Sunday afternoon, and Rachel has no reason to worry—until Ben vanishes.

Police are called, search parties go out, and Rachel, already insecure after her recent divorce, feels herself coming undone. As hours and then days pass without a sign of Ben, everyone who knew him is called into question, from Rachel’s newly married ex-husband to her mother-of-the-year sister. Inevitably, media attention focuses on Rachel too, and the public’s attitude toward her begins to shift from sympathy to suspicion.

As she desperately pieces together the threadbare clues, Rachel realizes that the greatest dangers may lie not in the anonymous strangers of every parent’s nightmares, but behind the familiar smiles of those she trusts the most.

Where is Ben? The clock is ticking...

*To attend and discuss this book with the Mystery Discussion Group you are required to buy the book at Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore. C&S carries the book by the prior month's meeting. Call to reserve your copy.

 

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Published: William Morrow - January 30th, 2018

Mystery Writers of America (Midwest Region) Meeting

Mystery Writers of America (Midwest Region) Meeting

Date: November 18, 2018

Day: Sunday

Time: 12:00 to 3:00 PM

Guest Speaker: Sean Cusick from Chicago's Own Second City.

Topic: How improv can help you write better.

 

Sean Cusick

Sean Cusick graduated from Tufts University and has been working in Chicago’s comedy scene since 2001. He has taught improv and writing, and designed curricula for the Second City Training Center and for the Annoyance Theatre. Previously, he wrote for the multiple DayTime Emmy Award winning children’s show “Green Screen Adventures,” and directed the Second City National Touring Company. He writes, facilitates, and directs for Second City Works and teaches television writing and comedy at Columbia College Chicago. His comedy writing and some performances can be found on the internet, and he considers himself incredibly lucky to spend so much time laughing.

 

 

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