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For Book Lovers'...

"There is no friend as loyal as a book." ~ Ernest Hemingway

History Lovers' Book Club

Do you like reading about history, or well-written and researched historical fiction? How about joining us to discuss ancient Rome, or the French Revolution, English Kings, Russian culture ... with other history lovers! If you are interested in learning more about the past or are already a passionate student of history, you are welcome to join us.

failureThursday, April 30, at 6:30 p.m.

Devil in the Grove by Gilbert King

In 1949, Florida's orange industry was booming with cheap Jim Crow labor. When a white seventeen-year-old Groveland girl cried rape, vicious Sheriff McCall was fast on the trail of four young blacks who dared to envision a future for themselves. Then the Ku Klux Klan rolled into town, burning homes and chasing hundreds of blacks into the swamps. So began the chain of events that would bring Thurgood Marshall, the man known as "Mr. Civil Rights," into the fray. Associates thought it was suicidal for him to wade into the "Florida Terror" at a time when he was irreplaceable to the burgeoning civil rights movement, but the lawyer would not shrink from the fight--not after the Klan had murdered one of Marshall's NAACP associates and Marshall had endured threats that he would be next. Drawing on a wealth of never-before-published material, including the FBI's unredacted Groveland case files, as well as the NAACP's Legal Defense Fund files, King shines new light on this remarkable civil rights crusader against a heroic backdrop.

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Bev's Book Beat

March, April, May

Book Lover Confession: Spring just means I’m about to take my reading habit outside. I’m not sure if we had a winter, but it appears spring is just around the corner. I always enjoy the outdoors, walking, gardening, savoring the longer daylight hours and reading.

As you will notice in the "Keep a Lookout for" section, spring is quite the time for book publications. Happy to see some my favorite authors have new books coming out. Just to name a few, James Lee Burke has a new one in his Dave Robicheaux series in May; Michael Connelly ends his Jack McEvoy trilogy in April; James McBride has a new one in March; curious about John Grisham’s new one in April, Florida, a hurricane, someone turning up dead…a mystery! These are just a few I’m looking forward to, and I hope there are a few being published this spring that you’re excited about.

I would be remiss if I did not mention the passing of the queen of suspense, Mary Higgins Clark. Many authors credited her for being their writing inspiration to write. Mary Higgins Clark passed away Jan 31, 2020. I couldn’t believe she was 92! I first read Ms. Clark when I picked up her 1974 book, Where are the Children? I remember staying up all night to finish that page-turning suspense thriller. The book is on my all-time favorite list. For forty-six years Ms. Clark has been writing her mysteries, which gives us quite a legacy to enjoy. I think I’ll reread Where are the

I'm also excited to share that we are starting a new program this spring. It's Author Chat With . . . More information will be forthcoming soon.

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