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Books on Main Adult Book Club

2024-05-13 18:00:00 2024-05-13 19:00:00 America/Chicago Books on Main Adult Book Club May Discussion of The Wager: A Tale of Shipwreck, Mutiny and Murder by David Grann Bentonville Public Library - McGaugh Family Literacy Area

Monday, May 13
6:00pm - 7:00pm

Add to Calendar 2024-05-13 18:00:00 2024-05-13 19:00:00 America/Chicago Books on Main Adult Book Club May Discussion of The Wager: A Tale of Shipwreck, Mutiny and Murder by David Grann Bentonville Public Library - McGaugh Family Literacy Area

Bentonville Public Library

McGaugh Family Literacy Area

May Discussion of The Wager: A Tale of Shipwreck, Mutiny and Murder by David Grann

Books available at the front desk while supplies last!

Book Summary:

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Killers of the Flower Moon, a page-turning story of shipwreck, survival, and savagery, culminating in a court martial that reveals a shocking truth. The powerful narrative reveals the deeper meaning of the events on the Wager, showing that it was not only the captain and crew who ended up on trial, but the very idea of empire.

On January 28, 1742, a ramshackle vessel of patched-together wood and cloth washed up on the coast of Brazil. Inside were thirty emaciated men, barely alive, and they had an extraordinary tale to tell. They were survivors of His Majesty's Ship the Wager, a British vessel that had left England in 1740 on a secret mission during an imperial war with Spain. While the Wager had been chasing a Spanish treasure-filled galleon known as "the prize of all the oceans," it had wrecked on a desolate island off the coast of Patagonia. The men, after being marooned for months and facing starvation, built the flimsy craft and sailed for more than a hundred days, traversing nearly 3,000 miles of storm-wracked seas. They were greeted as heroes.

But then . . . six months later, another, even more decrepit craft landed on the coast of Chile. This boat contained just three castaways, and they told a very different story. The thirty sailors who landed in Brazil were not heroes - they were mutineers. The first group responded with countercharges of their own, of a tyrannical and murderous senior officer and his henchmen. It became clear that while stranded on the island the crew had fallen into anarchy, with warring factions fighting for dominion over the barren wilderness. As accusations of treachery and murder flew, the Admiralty convened a court martial to determine who was telling the truth. The stakes were life-and-death--for whomever the court found guilty could hang.

The Wager is a grand tale of human behavior at the extremes told by one of our greatest nonfiction writers. Grann's recreation of the hidden world on a British warship rivals the work of Patrick O'Brian, his portrayal of the castaways' desperate straits stands up to the classics of survival writing such as The Endurance, and his account of the court martial has the savvy of a Scott Turow thriller. As always with Grann's work, the incredible twists of the narrative hold the reader spellbound.

AGE GROUP: | Adults |

EVENT TYPE: | Book Clubs |

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Bentonville Public Library

Phone: 479-271-3192

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Mon, Jun 24 9:00AM to 8:00PM
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Fri, Jun 28 9:00AM to 5:00PM
Sat, Jun 29 9:00AM to 5:00PM
Sun, Jun 30 Closed

About the branch

Bentonville Public Library is located just 3 blocks south of the Downtown Square, at 405 S. Main Street in Bentonville, Arkansas. Facility amenities include an engaging adult collection with private study rooms, vibrant children's and teen spaces, community meeting rooms, genealogy research center and café. 

Upcoming events

Tue, Jun 25, 9:30am - 9:50am
Children's Area
Books, songs, movement, and LOTS of fun! Best for ages 18-36 months and their caregiver.

Tue, Jun 25, 10:30am - 11:00am
Children's Area
Engaging stories, silly rhymes, interactive music and movement activities, and more! Best for ages 3-6 and their caregiver.

Tue, Jun 25, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
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Wed, Jun 26, 9:30am - 9:50am
Children's Area
Books, songs, movement, and LOTS of fun! Best for ages 18-36 months and their caregiver.

Wed, Jun 26, 10:30am - 11:00am
Children's Area
Engaging stories, silly rhymes, interactive music and movement activities, and more! Best for ages 3-6 and their caregiver.

Thu, Jun 27, 9:30am - 9:45am
Children's Area
Books, songs, lap bounces, and more! Best for ages 0-18 months and their caregiver.

Thu, Jun 27, 10:30am - 11:00am
Children's Area
Engaging stories, silly rhymes, interactive music and movement activities, and more! Best for ages 3-6 and their caregiver.

Sat, Jun 29, 11:15am - 11:45am
Books, songs, movement activities, and more! All ages welcome.

Mon, Jul 01, 10:00am - 11:00am
McGaugh Family Literacy Area
Friends of the Bentonville Library Monthly Meeting

Tue, Jul 02, All day
The library is taking a 1 week storytime break. Storytime will resume the week of July 8.

Wed, Jul 03, All day
The library is taking a 1 week storytime break. Storytime will resume the week of July 8.

Wed, Jul 03, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
McGaugh Family Literacy Area
Library Advisory Board Meeting

Wed, Jul 03, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Teen Zone
Rising 7th - 12th grade students, join us for a month-long creative writing adventure!

Wed, Jul 03, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
McGaugh Family Literacy Area
July Discussion of The Book of Polly by Kathy Hepinstall

Thu, Jul 04, All day
Library Closed for Independence Day

Thu, Jul 04, All day
The library is taking a 1 week storytime break. Storytime will resume the week of July 8.

Sat, Jul 06, All day
The library is taking a 1 week storytime break. Storytime will resume the week of July 8.

Mon, Jul 08, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
McGaugh Family Literacy Area
Read, think, and share ideas about great books! This month, we're talking about "Song for a Whale" by Lynne Kelly. For children entering 4th - 6th grade.

Tue, Jul 09, 9:30am - 9:50am
Children's Area
Books, songs, movement, and LOTS of fun! Best for ages 18-36 months and their caregiver.

Tue, Jul 09, 10:30am - 11:00am
Children's Area
Engaging stories, silly rhymes, interactive music and movement activities, and more! Best for ages 3-6 and their caregiver.

Tue, Jul 09, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Teen Zone
Rising 7th - 12th grade Swifties, join us for this fun event!

Tue, Jul 09, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
McGaugh Family Literacy Area
July Discussion of The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown

Wed, Jul 10, 9:30am - 9:50am
Children's Area
Books, songs, movement, and LOTS of fun! Best for ages 18-36 months and their caregiver.

Wed, Jul 10, 10:30am - 11:00am
Children's Area
Engaging stories, silly rhymes, interactive music and movement activities, and more! Best for ages 3-6 and their caregiver.

Wed, Jul 10, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Teen Zone
Rising 7th - 12th grade students, join us for a month-long creative writing adventure!

Wed, Jul 10, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Teen Zone
July Discussion of Fable by Adrienne Young

Thu, Jul 11, 9:30am - 9:45am
Children's Area
Books, songs, lap bounces, and more! Best for ages 0-18 months and their caregiver.

Thu, Jul 11, 10:30am - 11:00am
Children's Area
Engaging stories, silly rhymes, interactive music and movement activities, and more! Best for ages 3-6 and their caregiver.

Thu, Jul 11, 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Teen Zone,Haney Family Conference Room
7th - 12th graders are invited to join D&D @BPL!

Sat, Jul 13, 11:15am - 11:45am
Books, songs, movement activities, and more! All ages welcome.

Canceled
Mon, Jul 15, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
July Discussion of A Town Called Solace by Mary Lawson

Tue, Jul 16, 9:30am - 9:50am
Children's Area
Books, songs, movement, and LOTS of fun! Best for ages 18-36 months and their caregiver.

Tue, Jul 16, 10:30am - 11:00am
Children's Area
Engaging stories, silly rhymes, interactive music and movement activities, and more! Best for ages 3-6 and their caregiver.

Wed, Jul 17, 9:30am - 9:50am
Children's Area
Books, songs, movement, and LOTS of fun! Best for ages 18-36 months and their caregiver.

Wed, Jul 17, 10:30am - 11:00am
Children's Area
Engaging stories, silly rhymes, interactive music and movement activities, and more! Best for ages 3-6 and their caregiver.

Canceled
Wed, Jul 17, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Teen Zone
Rising 7th - 12th grade students, join us for a month-long creative writing adventure!

Thu, Jul 18, 9:30am - 9:45am
Children's Area
Books, songs, lap bounces, and more! Best for ages 0-18 months and their caregiver.

Thu, Jul 18, 10:30am - 11:00am
Children's Area
Engaging stories, silly rhymes, interactive music and movement activities, and more! Best for ages 3-6 and their caregiver.

Canceled
Sat, Jul 20, 10:00am - 11:00am
A space where Pokémon enthusiasts can hang out and play the Pokémon Trading Card Game. Please bring your own cards. For kids in 3rd grade and up. No registration required.

Sat, Jul 20, 11:15am - 11:45am
Books, songs, movement activities, and more! All ages welcome.

Mon, Jul 22, 6:00pm - 7:45pm
McGaugh Family Literacy Area
Northwest Arkansas Genealogical Society Monthly Meeting

Tue, Jul 23, 9:30am - 9:50am
Children's Area
Books, songs, movement, and LOTS of fun! Best for ages 18-36 months and their caregiver.

Tue, Jul 23, 10:30am - 11:00am
Children's Area
Engaging stories, silly rhymes, interactive music and movement activities, and more! Best for ages 3-6 and their caregiver.

Tue, Jul 23, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Teen Zone
Rising 7th - 12th graders, come create together!

Wed, Jul 24, 9:30am - 9:50am
Children's Area
Books, songs, movement, and LOTS of fun! Best for ages 18-36 months and their caregiver.

Wed, Jul 24, 10:30am - 11:00am
Children's Area
Engaging stories, silly rhymes, interactive music and movement activities, and more! Best for ages 3-6 and their caregiver.

Wed, Jul 24, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Teen Zone
Rising 7th - 12th grade students, join us for a month-long creative writing adventure!

Thu, Jul 25, 9:30am - 9:45am
Children's Area
Books, songs, lap bounces, and more! Best for ages 0-18 months and their caregiver.

Thu, Jul 25, 10:30am - 11:00am
Children's Area
Engaging stories, silly rhymes, interactive music and movement activities, and more! Best for ages 3-6 and their caregiver.