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Flossmoor Library opens centennial reading program on Tuesday

The Flossmoor Public Library, as part of its celebration of the village’s centennial, invites readers to step back 100 years for a discussion of several books that were popular in the 1920s.

David Martin, adult services manager, will lead the discussion. The program will be in the library’s Helen Wilson Reading Room. Martin expects participants will find the writing style of 100 years ago very different from today’s literature.

The first event is at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 4, is a discussion of one of the most popular books of its day, “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald, now considered a classic in American literature. 

The book focuses on Jay Gatsby, a self-made man who dreams of turning back time to regain his first love, Daisy Buchanan. In the process, the novel explores the culture of the Roaring Twenties, class in America and the dangerous allure of the American Dream.

The second program at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 2, explores the mystery “Whose Body?” by Dorothy L. Sayers. It was her debut work. The main character, Lord Peter Wimsey, an English aristocrat and amateur detective, is investigating the case of a corpse found in an architect’s bathtub. The story leads Wimsey into a twisted web of deception and murder.

The final work in the centennial program at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 6, will look at the work “Crane” by African American author Jean Toomer who wrote during the Harlem Renaissance. 

The story is structured as a series of vignettes revolving around the origins and experiences of African Americans in the U.S. and alternates between narrative prose, poetry and play-like passages of dialogue. The pieces take readers from the rural South to the urban centers of Washington, D.C., and Chicago.

The books will be available for checkout three weeks prior to the discussion. Martin asks that participants read the selected book beforehand so that they can join the discussion.  Refreshments will be served.

For additional information, visit flossmoorlibrary.org.

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