Book Talk

September - June


Literary Arts

September 2021 – June 2022.

This fun online book discussion group meets on zoom every first Thursday of the month, September through June. All are welcome. Participants do not have to attend every time, but can choose the books they are interested in. The group will meet in person, socially at the Gunnison Arts Center several times a year. Questions can be sent to


Upcoming books:

November 4
The Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende – led by Pat
Roser, a pregnant young widow fleeing the Spanish Civil War, finds her life intertwined with that of Victor Dalmau, an army doctor and the brother of her deceased love. In order to survive, the two must unite in a marriage neither of them desires.
December 2
Eat the Buddha by Barbara Demick – led by Narcissa
Spanning decades of modern Tibetan and Chinese history, as told through the private lives of citizens who all face the same dilemma: Do they resist the Chinese, or join them? Do they adhere to Buddhist teachings of compassion and nonviolence, or do they fight?
January 6
The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman – led by Karen
In a peaceful retirement village, four friends meet weekly to discuss unsolved crimes; together they call themselves the Thursday Murder Club. When a local developer is found dead with a mysterious photograph next to the body, they find themselves in the middle of their first live case.
February 3
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon – led by Susan
As Daniel, a book dealer’s son, mourns the loss of his mother in the Spanish Civil War, he finds solace in a mysterious book entitled The Shadow of the Wind. When he investigates the author, he opens a door into Barcelona’s dark secret–an epic story of murder, madness, and doomed love.
March 3
Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk – led by Mary
A deeply satisfying thriller cum fairy tale in which remote Polish villager, Janina the recluse, prefers animals to humans. When a string of townspeople are found dead, and Janina wants to insert herself into the investigation, her sanity becomes suspect.
April 7
How the Word is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America by Clint Smith
(note this book is available in hardback) – led by Judy
Illustrates how some of our country’s most essential stories are hidden in plain view — in monuments, holidays, or entire neighborhoods, where the brutal history of the trade in enslaved men, women, and children has been deeply imprinted.
May 5
Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell – led by Lyda
In 1580s England, Agnes is known as a falconer and healer. When she settles in Stratford upon Avon, she becomes a protective mother and a steadfast force in the life of her young husband, whose career on the London stage is just taking off when his beloved young son dies of fever.
June 2
Send for Me by Lauren Fox (note this book is available in hardback) – led by Vikki
Historical fiction that moves from Germany on the eve of WWII to present day Wisconsin, unspooling a thread of love and the powerful bonds of family. Based on letters from Fox’s family, the book tells of Annelise, who escapes Nazi Germany, and of her granddaughter Clare who discovers her letters.


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Summer (2022) Hours:

May 27 – August 27, 2022
Tuesdays – Fridays: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturdays: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Closed on Sundays & Mondays

Fall/Winter/Spring (2022/23) Hours:

August 29, 2022 – May 26, 2023
Tuesdays – Fridays: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
*Closed on Saturdays, Sundays & Mondays




Telephone: (970) 641 – 4029
102 South Main Street, Gunnison, CO

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