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THIS WEEK: Aug. 1 to 7, 2014


Summer Reads Contest. Read and comment on the excerpts from “Time Traitor,” a young adult novel by Todd McClimans on the Wilkes Magazine website (wilkes.edu/SummerReads) Monday through Friday (Aug. 8) and be entered to win a free copy of the book.


FUTURE


Agatha Christie Book Group, a discussion of “Cards on the Table,” a Hercule Poirot mystery. Barnes and Noble Booksellers, Arena Hub Plaza, Wilkes-Barre Township. 1 p.m. Aug. 10. 570-829-4210.


Doctor Who Group, a discussion of both the classic and new series, the Peter Cushing films, the books, comics, collectible card games and radio series. Barnes and Noble Booksellers, Arena Hub Plaza, Wilkes-Barre Township. 3 p.m. Aug. 10. 570-829-4210.


Summer Reads Contest. Read and comment on the excerpts from “All That Remains,” a poetry collection by Brian Fanelli on the Wilkes Magazine website (wilkes.edu/SummerReads) Aug. 11 to 15 and be entered to win a free copy of the book.


Books You Should Have Read in High School, a discussion of “Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury. Includes a free copy of the book. West Pittston Library, 200 Exeter Ave. 6 p.m. Aug. 14. Free. Registration: 570-654-9847.


History Book Group, a discussion of “The War That Ended Peace” by Margaret MacMillan. Barnes and Noble Booksellers, Arena Hub Plaza, Wilkes-Barre Township. 7 p.m. Aug. 14. 570-829-4210.


Summer Reads Contest. Read and comment on the excerpts from “Who Killed Tom Jones?” a novel by Gale Martin on the Wilkes Magazine website (wilkes.edu/SummerReads) Aug. 18 to 22 and be entered to win a free copy of the book.


Dickens Book Group, a discussion of Chapters 23 to 25 of “Little Dorrit.” Barnes and Noble Booksellers, Arena Hub Plaza, Wilkes-Barre Township. 7 p.m. Aug. 19. 570-829-4210.


JCC Book Club, a discussion of “The Burgess Boys” by Elizabeth Strout. Jewish Community Center, 60 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre. Aug. 21 at noon. Luncheon reservations available. 570-824-4646.


Book Discussion of “Doctor Sleep” by Stephen King. Wyoming Free Library, 358 Wyoming Ave. 4 to 5 p.m. Aug. 21. Limited copies available. Registration: 570-693-1364.


Franklin Street Sleuths, a discussion of the mystery “The Bad Always Die Twice” by Cheryl Crane. North Branch of the Osterhout Free Library, 28 Oliver St., Wilkes-Barre. 6:30 p.m. Aug. 21. Refreshments served. 570-822-4660.


Stress-Less Short Story Session, a discussion of five H.G. Wells short stories: “The Magic Shop,” “The Diamond Maker,” “The Valley of the Spiders,” “In the Avu Observatory” and “The Flowering of the Strange Orchid.” West Pittston Library, 200 Exeter Ave. 6 p.m. Aug. 28. Free. Registration: 570-654-9847.


Distinguished Author Award, the annual presentation honoring Colum McCann, National Book Award Winner and author of “Transatlantic.” Presented by the Weinberg Memorial Library at the University of Scranton. DeNaples Campus Center, 900 Mulberry St., Scranton. Oct. 18 with book signing at 4 p.m., dinner at 5 p.m. and awards ceremony at 6:30 p.m. $60; $25 students. Reservations: 570-941-7816.


ANNOUNCEMENTS


Fire in the Hole, a new historical novel presenting an insightful view of deep-shaft coal mining and the families living in the coals camps. Written by John Kekec and due to be released July 31 by blackrosewriting.com.


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