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Women’s Fiction Book Talk

Want to test out a genre without reading several books? Try our genre book talks! This summer we’ll explore one genre each month and choose several books from that genre. When you sign up for your spot in the book club (limited spots available), we’ll put one of these books on hold for you. Pick up the book, read it, then come to the discussion where we’ll talk about the genre as a whole. The purpose is to get to know a genre better by exploring a few of the key works and authors, and a fun way to get some book recommendations from other readers!

Important information:


Women’s Fiction

Science Fiction

  • June 22 – first day to sign up
  • July 12, 2:00pm – Genre Talk


  • July 13 – first day to sign up
  • August 9, 2:00pm – Genre Talk

To participate, please call the library at (785) 843-3833.


More details:

What are genre discussions?
These are small group discussions led by LPL library staff around a genre (for instance, Romance or Mystery or Science Fiction) or a sub-genre (for example, Historical Romance, Cozy Mystery or Space Opera). The purpose is to get to know a genre better by exploring a few of the key works and authors, and a fun way to get some book recommendations from other readers!

What will we do during program?
We are inviting up to seventeen participants to choose a book specially chosen to fit into the genre we are discussing that month. Participants will agree to read the book and come prepared to share it with the group.

What is Women’s Fiction?
One definition we really liked from Rebecca Vnuk, Booklist Editor for Reference and Collection Management: These novels explore the lives of female protagonists, with a focus on their relationships with family, friends, and lovers. Emotions and relationships are key across the board. The common thread is that the central character (or characters) is a woman (or are women), and the main thrust of the story is something happening in the life of that woman (apart from the overarching themes of romance or mystery, for example). (

What is the Discussion Guide?
We’ve put together a few questions to guide you as you read through the book. When you come to the book discussion, the guide can give you something to refer back to when sharing the book with the group.
(Don’t worry, it’s not required homework, just something we found helpful and thought you might too.)

May 21 = Summer Reading!

Summer Reading means celebration time! We’re throwing a party to kickoff an absolutely filled-to-the-brim-with-fun summer on Saturday, May 30 from 10:00am to noon. Organizations from around town will have hands-on activities for families, we’ll pass out some donuts, you can get your picture taken in a superhero-themed photobooth, and more! Plus, our Friends and Foundation will be on hand offering a summer reads book sale (everything is $2 or less) and the Foundation is bringing back their beloved Caddy Stacks - it’s Lawrence’s wackiest mini-golf on the Library Lawn!

What is Summer Reading?

We’ve planned one of the best summers yet, all based on our awesome superhero theme: “Every Hero has a Story!” We’ll have events for all ages (and all over town) throughout the summer. Plus, anyone and everyone is invited to complete Summer Reading – all you have to do is read 12 books or for a total of 30 hours if you’re a child or teen, or read 5 books or for a total of 30 hours if you’re an adult. Fill out a reading log with all of the books you’ve read over the summer, and when you turn it in, you’ll get sweet prizes…just for reading!

You can pick up a booklet with all of the information you need (bonus: reading recommendations are included!) starting the day school is released – MAY 21! Or, if you’re in a hurry to get started, you can get a sneak peek at everything here (but keep it a secret…).


Jon Ronson at Free State Festival

We are excited to announce a partnership with the Free State Festival to bring Jon Ronson to Lawrence on Tuesday, June 23!

Tuesday, June 23


Liberty Hall


As the Free State Festival ramps up, visit the official festival website to see a full list of speakers in the categories of art, ideas, music, and film.

An award-winning writer and documentary filmmaker, Jon Ronson’s unique brand of intellect and comic wit has been described by comedian Jon Stewart as “satirical investigation.” He is a regular contributor to the BBC and NPR and he is the author of eight books including the bestselling The Men Who Stare at Goats. The book was originally a BBC documentary series and later a major motion picture starring George Clooney. Jon is also the author of the bestselling book The Psychopath Test, which The San Francisco Chronicle called “…no ordinary piece of investigative journalism.” In the book he explores the concept of psychopathy and how we define sanity, insanity and eccentricity in our society and in ourselves. The book was adapted into a story for NPR’s This American Life and has become one of the show’s most popular episodes of all time. Other books include Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries, Out of the Ordinary: True Tales of Everyday Craziness and Them: Adventures with Extremists. Ronson wrote and directed the documentaries Stanley Kubrick’s Boxes, Reverend Death, Kidneys for Jesus and he co-wrote the film Frank starring Michael Fassbender. His newest book, So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed, was released in March 2015.