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Book talks coming back, virtually


A sign that things returning to normal, sort of: the Albany Public Library is resuming its popular Tuesday Book Talk series starting tomorrow.

In pre-COVID days, these events attracted large walk-in crowds to the library's main branch on Washington Avenue. With the library still closed due to the pandemic, the Talk goes online.


Library director Scott Jarzombek will review Craig DiLouie's 2019 novel Our War Tuesday, Aug. 18. The Zoom meeting will open at 11:55, and the book review will be begin at 12:15.


Our War was published almost exactly one year ago and its story takes place in the near future.


Ready for the plot? "After his impeachment, the president of the United States refuses to leave office, and the country erupts into a fractured and violent war. Orphaned by the fighting and looking for a home, 10-year-old Hannah Miller joins a citizen militia in a besieged Indianapolis. In the Free Women militia, Hannah finds a makeshift family. They'll teach her how to survive. They'll give her hope. And they'll show her how to use a gun."


Yikes! Readers on GoodReads give it a 3.95 / 4 rating. Hear what Scott thinks about Our War tomorrow.


You must register to receive a link to the Zoom talk: https://albanypubliclibrary.libcal.com/event/6924828


Here's a link to Craig DiLouie's website -- http://craigdilouie.com-- and here's a podcast interview with him discussing Our War

Upcoming events at the Albany Public Library include:

  • September 15—Author TalkTwitty J. Styles, PhD, professor emeritus of biology, Union college, discusses his autobiography: Son of Prince Edward County, a story for everyone & about overcoming boundaries.

  • October 20—Book Review—Outgrowing God: A Beginner’s Guide by Richard Dawkins.  Reviewer: Carl Strock, former columnist for the Daily Gazette, Schenectady.



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University at Albany

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Albany, NY 12222

(518) 442-5620

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