Dr. Mary Nickles (left) and Charleen Sessions (right)



Books & Coffee

2016-2017 Season
10:30 a.m. inside Selby Public Library
Jack J. Geldbart Auditorium
1331 First Street, Sarasota, FL 34236
Coordinator: Alice Blueglass, Friends 2nd VP
The programs are free; no reservations required.
Information: 861-1140
Friends Office: 365-5228

Attendees receive a $2 BOOK COUPON FOR FRIENDS BOOKSTORE good on program day. After program, a free Tour of Selby Library will be offered.

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December 13


Roald Dahl, a Biography by Jeremy Treglown. Dahl was a British best-selling author, poet, screen writer, and fighter pilot. Meet the real Dahl, the creator of Willie Wonka, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, BFG, and Matiltada.Reviewed by Charlotte Thompson, the entertaining facilitator for Cirque d’Book, Selby’s book discussion and review group.

January 10



Stalin’s Daughter: The Extraordinary and Tumultuous Life of Svetlana Alliluyeva by Rosemary Sullivan. Learn that Svetlana travelled a twisted, circuitous road that took her from the Kremlin to the US in a celebrated defection, but she never found contentment nor a true home. Reviewed by Dr. Irving Kushner, emeritus professor of medicine at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

February 14


Martha Matilda Harper and the American Dream by Jane Plitt, the author and the facilitator, will share insights Bertha Palmer played a critical role in creating retail franchising world-wide and helped transform the lives of poor women in the late 1800s. Learn how Palmer and Harper met and their role in propelling both social entrepreneurship and supporting women in business. Ms. Plitt is a former Visitor Scholar at the University of Rochester and award-winning entrepreneur.

March 14

Howard’s End by E.M. Forster. A re-look at E.M. Forster’s masterpiece of tradition and changing values with the coming of the modern age in England. This coincides with the 25th anniversary of the re-release of the movie version of this supreme work of modern fiction literary Reviewed by Martin Tucker, professor emeritus of Long Island University, author, editor of the Encyclopedia, Modern British Literature, co-founder/editor of the literary journal Confrontation.

April 11

Old Books Still Matter, a presentation by guest speaker Maureen E. Mulvihill with a display of selections from the Mulvihill Collection of rare books. The Continuing value of old and rare books among collectors, librarians, curators, teachers, book designers, and non-specialist readers will be discussed, with readings from the display. Dr. Mulvihill is a PhD (Wisconsin ’82) with post-doctoral work at Columbia University’s Rare Book School, Yale’s Center for British Art, and (as NEH Fellow), Johns Hopkins University. She is an elected scholar (1991-) Princeton Research Forum, NJ and VP (2012-2015), FL Bibliophile Society.

All programs FREE, open to the public, subject to cancellation or change without notice. Parking, Seating may be limited. Sarasota County prohibits discrimination in all services, programs or activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, marital status, familial status, religion, or genetic information. Persons with disabilities who require assistance or alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.), or who wish to file a complaint, should contact: Sarasota County ADA/ Civil Rights Coordinator; 60 Ringling Blvd; Sarasota, Florida 34236; Phone: 941-861-5000; TTY 7-1-1 or 1-800-955-8771; Email coordinator@scgov.net