CLASC New Book Forum and Discussion

On Thursday, October 20th, CLASC will be hosting a New Book Forum and Discussion at Sachem Public Library from 7:00pm – 9:00pm. The evening will begin with a discussion of The Emerald Atlas by debut novelist John Stephens. After the discussion, each NBF participant will have an opportunity to flash-talk a new book for young readers that has left a strong impression.

The Emerald Atlas is the first in a fantastical adventure series, but the book has an ending that is completely satisfying. Young orphans Kate, Michael and Emma are as likable as their evil nemesis, the Countess, is deplorable. The strength of the characterization was like an anchor for me in an ocean of action. Scrappy, small-for-her-age Emma may just be one of my favorite characters I’ve met this year. The book is also quite humorous, and after watching these interviews with the author, you’ll see why!

If you’re already buried under a pile of new books and Lit-Fest reading – and even if you’re not – I suggest listening to the audio book. I just finished the recording from Listening Library this morning and it was a marvelous production. The story is narrated by Jim Dale, the award-winning voice of the Harry Potter series, and is available on CD and as an electronic file from

If you’re able to attend the NBF, please RSVP to Marybeth at the Sachem Public Library. Arrive early, if you can, and stroll through Sachem’s beautiful outdoor space, Inside/Out, and see what should be a stunning show of fall foliage.

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