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First Edition Adult Book Club

2024-06-11 18:00:00 2024-06-11 19:00:00 America/Chicago First Edition Adult Book Club June Discussion of Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead Bentonville Public Library - McGaugh Family Literacy Area

Tuesday, June 11
6:00pm - 7:00pm

Add to Calendar 2024-06-11 18:00:00 2024-06-11 19:00:00 America/Chicago First Edition Adult Book Club June Discussion of Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead Bentonville Public Library - McGaugh Family Literacy Area

Bentonville Public Library

McGaugh Family Literacy Area

June Discussion of Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead

Books available at the front desk while supplies last!

Book Summary:

From the two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Underground Railroad and The Nickel Boys, a gloriously entertaining novel of heists, shakedowns, and rip-offs set in Harlem in the 1960s.

“Ray Carney was only slightly bent when it came to being crooked…” To his customers and neighbors on 125th street, Carney is an upstanding salesman of reasonably priced furniture, making a decent life for himself and his family. He and his wife Elizabeth are expecting their second child, and if her parents on Striver’s Row don’t approve of him or their cramped apartment across from the subway tracks, it’s still home.

Few people know he descends from a line of uptown hoods and crooks, and that his façade of normalcy has more than a few cracks in it. Cracks that are getting bigger all the time.

Cash is tight, especially with all those installment-plan sofas, so if his cousin Freddie occasionally drops off the odd ring or necklace, Ray doesn’t ask where it comes from. He knows a discreet jeweler downtown who doesn’t ask questions, either.

Then Freddie falls in with a crew who plan to rob the Hotel Theresa—the “Waldorf of Harlem”—and volunteers Ray’s services as the fence. The heist doesn’t go as planned; they rarely do. Now Ray has a new clientele, one made up of shady cops, vicious local gangsters, two-bit pornographers, and other assorted Harlem lowlifes.

Thus begins the internal tussle between Ray the striver and Ray the crook. As Ray navigates this double life, he begins to see who actually pulls the strings in Harlem. Can Ray avoid getting killed, save his cousin, and grab his share of the big score, all while maintaining his reputation as the go-to source for all your quality home furniture needs?

Harlem Shuffle’s ingenious story plays out in a beautifully recreated New York City of the early 1960s. It’s a family saga masquerading as a crime novel, a hilarious morality play, a social novel about race and power, and ultimately a love letter to Harlem.

But mostly, it’s a joy to read, another dazzling novel from the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning Colson Whitehead.

AGE GROUP: | Adults |

EVENT TYPE: | Book Clubs |

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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

Wed, May 29, All day
The library is taking a 3 week storytime break. Storytime will resume the week of June 10th.

Wed, May 29, All day
Library Closed for Renovations

Thu, May 30, All day
The library is taking a 3 week storytime break. Storytime will resume the week of June 10th.

Thu, May 30, All day
Library Closed for Renovations

Fri, May 31, All day
Library Closed for Renovations

Sat, Jun 01, All day
The library is taking a 3 week storytime break. Storytime will resume the week of June 10th.

Sat, Jun 01, All day
Library Closed for Renovations

Sun, Jun 02, All day
Library Closed for Renovations

Mon, Jun 03, 10:00am - 11:00am
McGaugh Family Literacy Area
Friends of the Bentonville Library Monthly Meeting

Tue, Jun 04, All day
The library is taking a 3 week storytime break. Storytime will resume the week of June 10th.

Wed, Jun 05, All day
The library is taking a 3 week storytime break. Storytime will resume the week of June 10th.

Wed, Jun 05, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
McGaugh Family Literacy Area
Library Advisory Board Meeting

Wed, Jun 05, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
McGaugh Family Literacy Area
June Discussion of Noggin by John Corey Whaley

Thu, Jun 06, All day
The library is taking a 3 week storytime break. Storytime will resume the week of June 10th.

Thu, Jun 06, 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Teen Zone,Haney Family Conference Room
7th - 12th graders are invited to join D&D @BPL!

Fri, Jun 07, 10:00am - 11:00am
Train Station Park
Join Opera in the Ozarks for a re-worked telling of Little Red Riding Hood! This performance will take place outside at Train Station Park. Don't forget a chair or blanket!

Sat, Jun 08, All day
The library is taking a 3 week storytime break. Storytime will resume the week of June 10th.

Sat, Jun 08, 11:15am - 11:45am
Books, songs, movement activities, and more! All ages welcome.

Mon, Jun 10, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
McGaugh Family Literacy Area
Read, think, and share ideas about great books! This month, we're talking about graphic novel Mabuhay! by Zachary Sterling. For children entering 4th - 6th grade.

Tue, Jun 11, 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 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.

Tue, Jun 11, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Teen Zone
Rising 7th - 12th graders, come create together!

Tue, Jun 11, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
McGaugh Family Literacy Area
June Discussion of Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead

Wed, Jun 12, 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 12, 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, Jun 12, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Teen Zone
June Discussion of The Summer of Broken Rules by K.L. Walther

Thu, Jun 13, 9:30am - 9:45am
Children's Area
Books, songs, lap bounces, and more! Best for ages 0-18 months and their caregiver.

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

Canceled
Mon, Jun 17, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
June Discussion of White River Red by Becky Marietta

Tue, Jun 18, 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 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.

Wed, Jun 19, 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 19, 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 20, 9:30am - 9:45am
Children's Area
Books, songs, lap bounces, and more! Best for ages 0-18 months and their caregiver.

Thu, Jun 20, 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, Jun 22, 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, Jun 22, 11:15am - 11:45am
Books, songs, movement activities, and more! All ages welcome.

Mon, Jun 24, 6:00pm - 7:45pm
McGaugh Family Literacy Area
Northwest Arkansas Genealogical Society Monthly Meeting

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
Teen Zone
Teens, join us for a needle felting workshop presented by the Scott Family Amazeum!

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.