Monday, October 7, 2013

Memoirs and Coffee Book Group to Meet

The next meeting of Bernardsville Public Library’s book discussion group, Memoirs and Coffee, will be held on Tuesday, October 22 at 10:30 am in the library’s Community Room.  Pat Kennedy-Grant, Readers’ Services Manager for the library, will lead the discussion of “Give Me Everything You Have: On Being Stalked” (2013) by James Lasdun.  [The author will not be present.]

A true story of obsessive love turning to obsessive hate, "Give Me Everything You Have" chronicles the author’s strange and harrowing ordeal at the hands of a former student, a self-styled “verbal terrorist,” who began trying, in her words, to “ruin him.” Hate mail, online postings, and public accusations of plagiarism and sexual misconduct were her weapons of choice and, as with more conventional terrorist weapons, proved remarkably difficult to combat. James Lasdun’s account, while terrifying, is told with compassion and humor, and brilliantly succeeds in turning a highly personal story into a profound meditation on subjects as varied as madness, race, Middle East politics, and the meaning of honor and reputation in the Internet age.

Author James Lasdun was born in London and now lives in upstate New York.  He has published two novels, as well as several collections of short stories and poetry.  He has been long-listed for the Man Booker Prize and short-listed for the Los Angeles Times T.S. Eliot and Forward prizes in poetry; he was the winner of the inaugural BBC National Short Story Award.  His nonfiction has been published in Harper's Magazine, Granta and the London Review of Books.

There is no charge and no sign-up is needed to join the discussion.  Call the library at 766-0118 for more information.

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