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Book club forming at Southeastern's Sims Library

Contact: Rene Abadie


     HAMMOND – The Friends of Sims Library (FoSL), an organization affiliated with Southeastern Louisiana University’s Sims Memorial Library, is forming a book club that will be open to the general public.
     “The focus of the club will be on material of a scholarly bent but of interest to the general reader,” said Eric Johnson, library director. “It’s a club that will be suited for the setting of a university library.”
     The club will meet at 7:00 p.m in the library three times during the fall semester – Sept. 13, Oct. 11, and Nov. 8 – and three times in the spring semester. Johnson said there are no charges to participate in the club, but participants will be responsible for procuring their own copies of books under discussion.
     Individuals interested in joining the group should e-mail Joe Brown, FoSL president, at
     The first three books on the agenda will include James Shapiro’s Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare?, which examines the questions of why so many people question the authorship of Shakespeare’s writing. Also on the list are Anthony Bourdain’s Medium Raw: A Blood Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook, which investigates changes in the restaurant business in the last 10 years, and David Grann’s The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon, which explores the disappearance of explorer Percy Fawcett in his quest to find El Dorado, the legendary City of Gold. 
     All three books are readily available on-line and through local bookstores.

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