April Book Talks

April 3, 2017 | Adult Services

Liven up your lunchtime in April by attending a book talk hosted by the Friends of APL!

The group hosts regular book and author events every Tuesday at 12:15 pm in the large auditorium of the library’s Washington Ave. Branch (161 Washington Ave.). The programs feature reviews of popular books by local speakers, as well as author talks and other special presentations.

The talks are free and open to the public, and include light refreshments. For more information, call the Washington Ave. Branch at (518) 427-4300.

Book Review | Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City
April 4 (Tues) | 12:15 pm | Washington Ave. Branch
This book by Matthew Desmond “offers a dark mirror of middle-class America’s obsession with real estate, laying bare the workings of the low end of the market, where evictions have become just another part of an often lucrative business model,” according to the New York Times. Local attorney Anita Thayer reviews this highly lauded work.

Book Review | The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business
April 11 (Tues) | 12:15 pm | Washington Ave. Branch
The Economist called this best-seller by Charles Duhigg a “first-rate book—based on an impressive mass of research, written in a lively style and providing just the right balance of intellectual seriousness with practical advice on how to break our bad habits.” David Guistina, WAMC “Morning Edition” anchor and senior producer, reviews the book.

Book Review | Presidential Campaigns: From George Washington to George W. Bush
April 18 (Tues) | 12:15 pm | Washington Ave. Branch
Author Paul F. Boller, Jr., has “a good eye for the offbeat and the ludicrous, and he spins the anecdotes together with the skill of the old fashioned Yankee yarnmaster,” according to The New York Times Book Review. Giacomo Calabria, a historian and scholar with the NY Council for the Humanities, reviews the book.

Book Review | Forty Autumns: A Family’s Story of Courage and Survival on Both Sides of the Berlin Wall
April 25 (Tues) | 12:15 pm | Washington Ave. Branch
“Charting the twists and turns of politics in communist East Germany over more than four decades, [author Nina Willner] shows how currents of repression and reform affected individual lives,” according to the Chicago Tribune. The reviewer is Evelyn Dufur, a retired teacher and vice president of the Friends of APL.

Stephanie Simon

Stephanie Simon is APL's public information officer, and manages the library's communications, public relations, and marketing efforts. No, she isn't a librarian, but feels as if she's among her people here at the library.