A Novel Idea... Read Together 2015

The Library Book Club is reading A Tale for the Time Being in April as part of A Novel Idea. To find out when your local Library Book Club is meeting to discuss A Tale for the Time Being, follow one of the links below:

Upcoming Events

Snail Mail: Grab & Go Kit
Saturday, April 03, 2021
12:00 PM

All Branches

Grab a kit, connect with a purpose, and start writing letters! Supplies limited.

Drop in and pick up a letter writing kit from any library location during business hours starting Saturday, April 3rd, while supplies last.

In Front Desk by Kelly Yang, Mia writes... a lot! She writes letters to her cousin, a complaint letter, assignments for school, and an essay for a contest. Now it’s your turn! Reconnect with friends and family, drop a friendly letter to a stranger, thank your favorite author or hold a politician to their promises. We’ll provide the supplies, you provide the personal touch.

ONLINE ONLY The Library Book Club at Sunriver
Wednesday, April 14, 2021
10:00 PM

Sunriver Public Library

To join, click the link above, use this link, or by phone at +1-669-900-6833 with Meeting ID 925 4498 0243.

Read and discuss The Other Americans with friends and neighbors.

About the book:
Late one spring night, Driss Guerraoui, a Moroccan immigrant in California, is walking across a darkened intersection when he is killed by a speeding car. The repercussions of his death bring together a diverse cast of characters to tell their stories and the invisible connections that tie them together - even while they remain deeply divided by race, religion or class. The Other Americans by Laila Lalami unfolds as told from nine unique perspectives. Each point of view, from the undocumented witness to the recently relocated detective, shows what it means for the family, community and country to form a sense of identity while uncovering the mystery of Driss’s death.

About the Author:
Laila Lalami was born in Rabat and educated in Morocco, Great Britain and the United States. She is the author of four novels, including The Moor’s Account, which won the American Book Award, the Arab-American Book Award, the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction. Her most recent novel, The Other Americans, was a national bestseller and a finalist for the Kirkus Prize and the National Book Award in Fiction. She has received fellowships from the British Council, the Fulbright Program and the Guggenheim Foundation and is currently a full professor of creative writing at the University of California at Riverside. Her new book, a work of nonfiction called Conditional Citizens, was published in September 2020.


ONLINE ONLY: A Novel Idea - Hearing in Color
Thursday, April 22, 2021
7:00 PM

All Branches

This is a live, interactive webinar. Click here to join the webinar or click "Join Here" above.

A recording will be available after the program.

Join us on a journey in the mind of a real-life synesthete, and learn to hear in color.

Synesthesia is a very rare neurological condition in which one or more sensory pathways become intertwined. When one is sense activated, another unrelated sense is activated at the same time.

For Chris Thomas (a composer), the experience of hearing sound activates an involuntary swirl of colors and textures. The vivid sensation of hearing music in color is a blessing and a curse. While synesthesia offers a unique artistic perspective, the involuntary nature of the condition can be a constant distraction.

This discussion will cover the experience of living with synesthesia, its impact on daily life, and how it can become part of the creative process. Chris will even bring a series of colors and perform the sounds related to them. Participants will observe a work of art, then listen to how it “sounds.”

Chris Thomas is a composer for film, television, theme parks, and a TEDx speaker. His scores have been nominated for a Hollywood Music in Media Award, Film & TV Music Award, and he won the Gold Medal Prize at the Park City Film Music Festival, and Best Film & TV Music award at eWorld Music Awards. Chris has written music for several Emmy-nominated films, and for Woman Rebel, which was shortlisted for an Academy Award. In television, he works as a composer, orchestrator, and conductor for networks such as ABC, FOX, CBS, and HBO.

Chris’s work can be heard in theme parks all over the world. He has written music for the Evermore Adventure Park, Knott's Berry Farm, Queen Mary Chill, Dreamland Theme Park (UK), Los Angeles Haunted Hayride, and many more.

Chris’s works for the concert hall have been performed from Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House, to the Hollywood Bowl. He recently premiered a series of concert works in France, Belgium, and Germany. His Symphony #1 (the Malheur Symphony) was the subject of a TED Talk in 2019. His works are published with The FJH Music Company, Walton Choral, Wingert-Jones Publications, and Carl Fischer Music.

More information on Chris Thomas can be found at -


Page Last Modified Tuesday, November 29, 2016