Library Events

Join us for upcoming events, classes and programs at Library of Hattiesburg Petal Forrest County! All events are free and open to the public.
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Hattiesburg Library
Monday, Apr. 19, 6:00 PM

April's book club selection is Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu. Longtime members of the book club may remember reading his How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe back in 2011.

Email adam@hpfc.lib.ms.us for Zoom information.
 
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From the publisher:
2020 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER   
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER 

“One of the funniest books of the year. . . . A delicious, ambitious Hollywood satire.” —The Washington Post 

From the infinitely inventive author of How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe, a deeply personal novel about race, pop culture, immigration, assimilation, and escaping the roles we are forced to play

Willis Wu doesn’t perceive himself as the protagonist in his own life: he’s merely Generic Asian Man. Sometimes he gets to be Background Oriental Making a Weird Face or even Disgraced Son, but always he is relegated to a prop. Yet every day, he leaves his tiny room in a Chinatown SRO and enters the Golden Palace restaurant, where Black and White, a procedural cop show, is in perpetual production. He’s a bit player here, too, but he dreams of being Kung Fu Guy—the most respected role that anyone who looks like him can attain. Or is it? 

After stumbling into the spotlight, Willis finds himself launched into a wider world than he’s ever known, discovering not only the secret history of Chinatown, but the buried legacy of his own family. Infinitely inventive and deeply personal, exploring the themes of pop culture, assimilation, and immigration—Interior Chinatown is Charles Yu’s most moving, daring, and masterful novel yet. 

“Fresh and beautiful. . . . Interior Chinatown represents yet another stellar destination in the journey of a sui generis author of seemingly limitless skill and ambition.” —The New York Times Book Review  
 
Hattiesburg Library
Wednesday, Apr. 28, 12:00 PM

For April the Lunch Book Club will read Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi. 

"A gorgeously woven narrative about a woman trying to survive the grief of a brother lost to addiction and a mother trapped in depression while pursuing her ambitions. Not a word or idea out of place." —Roxane Gay

For Zoom information, contact brittany@hpfc.lib.ms.us

Hattiesburg Library
Tuesday, May 11, 6:00 PM
The samurai of Japan, who were the country's military elite from medieval times to the end of the nineteenth century, were synonmous with valor, honor, and martial arts prowess. The Pocket Samurai contains the essential writings of the era by the most esteemed samurai and philosophers of the age.

For Zoom information, contact Sean@hpfc.lib.ms.us

Hattiesburg Library
Monday, May 17, 6:00 PM

Book selection to be determined.
Hattiesburg Library
Wednesday, May 26, 12:00 PM
For May the Wednesday Lunch Book Club will read The Lager Queen of Minnesota by J Ryan Stradal. 

For Zoom information, contact brittany@hpfc.lib.ms.us



From the publisher:

“The perfect pick-me-up on a hot summer day.” 
—Washington Post
 
“[A] charmer of a tale. . . Warm, witty and--like any good craft beer--complex, the saga delivers a subtly feminist and wholly life-affirming message.”
—People Magazine
 
A novel of family, Midwestern values, hard work, fate and the secrets of making a world-class beer, from the bestselling author of Kitchens of the Great Midwest

Two sisters, one farm. A family is split when their father leaves their shared inheritance entirely to Helen, his younger daughter. Despite baking award-winning pies at the local nursing home, her older sister, Edith, struggles to make what most people would call a living. So she can't help wondering what her life would have been like with even a portion of the farm money her sister kept for herself.

With the proceeds from the farm, Helen builds one of the most successful light breweries in the country, and makes their company motto ubiquitous: "Drink lots. It's Blotz." Where Edith has a heart as big as Minnesota, Helen's is as rigid as a steel keg. Yet one day, Helen will find she needs some help herself, and she could find a potential savior close to home. . . if it's not too late.

Meanwhile, Edith's granddaughter, Diana, grows up knowing that the real world requires a tougher constitution than her grandmother possesses. She earns a shot at learning the IPA business from the ground up--will that change their fortunes forever, and perhaps reunite her splintered family?

Here we meet a cast of lovable, funny, quintessentially American characters eager to make their mark in a world that's often stacked against them. In this deeply affecting family saga, resolution can take generations, but when it finally comes, we're surprised, moved, and delighted.
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