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Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Book Autopsy: A Book Discussion Program with Julie MacShane

A "book autopsy" will be held at the Library on Wednesday, January 27, at 7:00 PM. The workshop will give readers the skills to determine the strengths of a book by asking certain questions about character, plot, and theme.

To determine a book's strengths, a procedure must be followed--a series of steps, like with an autopsy--that lays bare the guts of the book. Then, after gathering all the evidence, the reader can come to a conclusion: is this book good, and if not, why?

Workshop leader, Julie MacShane, is a writer and editor. To learn more about Julie, visit her website.

To make the workshop practical, participants will read and discuss a short book, The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho [F COE]. Publisher's description:
"My Heart Is Afraid that it will have to suffer," the boy told the alchemist one night as they looked up at the moonless sky. "Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams."

The Alchemist is the magical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure as extravagant as any ever found. From his home in Spain he journeys to the markets of Tangiers and across the Egyptian desert to a fateful encounter with the alchemist.

The story of the treasures Santiago finds along the way teaches us, as only a few stories have done, about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, learning to read the omens strewn along life's path, and, above all, following our dreams.

Copies of the book are available at the Nesmith Library for workshop participants. Space is limited to 15, so please visit or call (432-7154) to register.

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