Come to the next WNBA Charlotte “Great Group Reads” Book Club meeting — Tuesday, April 7, 7 PM

 

We have a terrific book club in our chapter! 

As our reading guide, we’re taking the list of 2014 Great Group Reads titles recommended for book clubs during WNBA’s National Reading Group Month.

Our book for our April 7 meeting is….

CHILDREN OF THE JACARANDA TREE Children of Jacaranda Tree 9781476709109_372f0

by Sahar Delijani 
(Atria Books)

A COUNTRY DIVIDED BY REVOLUTION 
– A PEOPLE UNITED BY LOVE

Neda is born in Tehran’s Evin Prison, where her mother is allowed to nurse her for a few months before the arms of a guard appear at the cell door one day and, simply, take her away. In another part of the city, three-year-old Omid witnesses the arrests of his political activist parents from his perch at their kitchen table, yogurt dripping from his fingertips. More than twenty years after the violent, bloody purge that took place inside Tehran’s prisons, Sheida learns that her father was one of those executed, that the silent void firmly planted between her and her mother all these years was not just the sad loss that comes with death, but the anguish and the horror of murder.

These are the Children of the Jacaranda Tree. Set in post-revolutionary Iran from 1983 to 2011, this stunning debut novel follows a group of mothers, fathers, children, and lovers, some related by blood, others brought together by the tide of history that washes over their lives. Finally, years later, it is the next generation that is left with the burden of the past and their country’s tenuous future as a new wave of protest and political strife begins.

Children of the Jacaranda Tree is an evocative portrait of three generations of men and women inspired by love and poetry, burning with idealism, chasing dreams of justice and freedom. Written in Sahar Delijani’s spellbinding prose, capturing the intimate side of revolution in a country where the weight of history is all around, it is a moving tribute to anyone who has ever answered its call. 

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Sahar Delijani was born in Tehran in 1983 and grew up in California, where she graduated from the University of California, Berkeley. She lives with her husband in Turin, Italy. Children of the Jacaranda Tree is her first novel.

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Our meetings take place on the first Tuesday of each month, 7 PM, at the Panera on Fairview near SouthPark – see dates below. We have chosen books to take us through to next October when there will be a new Great Group Reads list released. If you have questions about our Book Club, please contact Kristen Knox at whitreidsmama@yahoo.com .

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These are the books we’re reading in 2014-2015:
 

November 4 – THE ROSIE PROJECT by Graeme Simsion (Simon & Schuster, 978-1476729091) 
 
December 2 – THE ORPHANS OF RACE POINT by Patry Francis (Harper Perennial, 978-0062281302)
 
January 6 — AN UNTAMED STATE by Roxane Gay (Black Cat, 978-0802122513) 
 
February 3 – THE WORLD OF RAE ENGLISH by Lucy Rosenthal (Black Lawrence Press, 978-1937854393)
 
March 3 – MARCHING TO ZION by Mary Glickman (Open Road Media, 978-1480435629) 
 
April 7 — CHILDREN OF THE JACARANDA TREE by Sahar Delijani (Atria Books, 978-1476709109) 
 
May 5 — THE STORIED LIFE OF A.J. FIKRY by Gabrielle Zevin (Algonquin Books, 978-1616203214) 
 
June 2 — THE PROMISE by Ann Weisgarber (Skyhorse Publishing, 978-1629142364) 
 
July 7 — ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE by Anthony Doerr (Scribner, 978-1476746586) 
 
August 4 — EUPHORIA by Lily King (Atlantic Monthly Press, 978-0802122551) 
 
September 1 — EVERYTHING I NEVER TOLD YOU by Celeste Ng (Penguin Press, 978-1594205712) 
 
October 6 — WHAT IS VISIBLE by Kimberly Elkins (Twelve, 978-1455528967) 
 
For more information, please go to our Book Club page
 

Five terrific authors highlight our Meet the Authors Evening! Monday, April 13, 7 PM, at Park Road Books

Don’t miss this popular special event!

WNBA Charlotte’s Spring Meet the Authors Evening with Regional Authors

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7 – 9 PM

Park Road Books 
Park Road Shopping Center 
4139 Park Road, Charlotte 28209

Our April meeting will feature authors from the Carolinas and Georgia, including……

Susan M. Boyer, LOWCOUNTRY BONEYARD: A LIZ TALBOT MYSTERY 
(Henery Press)  www.susanmboyerbooks.com

Marianne Gingher, Editor and Contributor, AMAZING PLACE: WHAT NORTH CAROLINA MEANS TO WRITERS 
(UNC Press)  read more

Leigh Ann Henion, PHENOMENAL: A HESITANT ADVENTURER’S SEARCH FOR WONDER IN THE NATURAL WORLD
(Penguin Press/Penguin Random House)   www.leighannhenion.com

David Joy, WHERE ALL LIGHT TENDS TO GO 
(Putnam/Penguin Random House)    www.david-joy.com

Karen White, A LONG TIME GONE 
(NAL/Penguin Random House)   www.karen-white.com

Our special guests will join us for an evening of conversation and refreshments. Each author will speak briefly about her or his book, and there will be plenty of opportunity for one-on-one questions and discussion. Park Road Books will sell books.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to meet these authors and get signed copies of their new books.  Please DO bring your friends and fellow book club members, too. We want to make sure we greet our guest authors with a large and enthusiastic audience!

Our flyer for this event is available at http://wnba-charlotte.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/Spring-2015-MEET-THE-AUTHORS-flyer.pdf  Please share this with everyone who would be interested in this popular event. Thank you!

If you have questions about our Meet the Authors Evening, please contact Susan Walker at susan.walker.books@gmail.com or 612-382-5868.

Thanks!