Vail Library hosts new book club
The Town of Vail Public Library’s new public book discussion group will convene for the first time on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. in the fireside lounge of the library. The book to be discussed is Aravind Adiga’s critically-acclaimed debut novel, “The White Tiger.” Set in India, the story follows Balram Halwai, a young man from a poor village who gets a break working as a chauffeur for one of the members of the country’s elite. A series of events puts Halwai in correspondence with the Premier of China, and from there, the book examines his transformation from an honest boy into a killer, as well as the pressures resulting from India’s caste system and the country’s ever-evolving relationship with China.
“We are pleased to offer a community event for adults, centered on reading,” said Lori A. Barnes, Town Librarian. “We hope to appeal to individuals who may or may not be in a book club already. I feel this will offer an opportunity for discourse with people outside of one’s own circle; people who might offer a fresh perspective about these current books.”
The group will continue to meet on the second Wednesday of every month. In March, the group is planning to discuss Rory Stewart’s non-fiction piece, “The Places in Between,” which focuses on the author’s trek across Afghanistan soon after the Taliban was deposed. In April, the conversation will revolve around Henry James’ classic, “The Bostonians,” a novel examining the social nuances and romances of America shortly after the end of the Civil War.
Copies of the book “The White Tiger” are available through the Vail Public Library, as well as for purchase through The Bookworm of Edwards.
The event is free. For more information, call the Town of Vail Public Library at 970-479-2187.