July 30: Woods Hole summer resident Ruth Gainer, who is leading this book group as she did last summer, has chosen “The Warmth of Other Suns” by Isabel Wilkerson as the first book. She describes the book as a “big but rewarding book that is especially important for current social justice issues.” Toni Morrison has described the book as “profound, necessary and an absolute delight to read.”
On August 2, the group will discuss and compare two books: James Baldwin’s “The Fire Next Time” published in 1963 and Jesmyn Ward’s “The Fire This Time” published in 2016. Also, the group has invited George M. Langford to discuss how the issues in the books have impacted his life. Dr. Langford, a nationally known cell biologist and neuroscientist, and Professor of Biology and Dean Emeritus of the College of Arts and Sciences at Syracuse University, has been a researcher at the MBL and, with his family, a summer resident of Woods Hole for many years. He was named inaugural chair of the Minority Affairs Committee of the American Society for Cell Biology. His experience and point of view will illuminate the issues raised in both books. For more information, call the Library at 508-548-8961.
Copies of the books are available for loan at the Library.
Information about the August 30th meeting will be posted soon.