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After the End Book Club - Annihilation

Thursday, August 4, 2022, 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Multipurpose Room C

Book cover for Annihilation

After the End book club reads books that feature post-apocalypic, dystopian or alternate history themes. We meet the 1st Thursday of the month at the library (with a virtual Zoom option) and welcome all new members! 

"This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper." - T. S. Eliot

The world has ended? What's not to love? We know it's not really over. There is still a story to tell. Sometimes it's a story about how the end came; sometimes it's a story of those who survive. If you enjoy these explorations, you will enjoy AFTER THE END, book discussion group dedicated to Post-Apocalyptic fiction and the readers who love it. Questions? Contact Gretchen Elm at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 706-613-3650 ext. 324 for more information.

This month we'll be reading Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer.

Check out a print copy through PINES here.
Check out a CD audiobook copy through PINES here.
Listen to an e-audiobook copy through Libby here.

About the book from Goodreads: Area X has been cut off from the rest of the world for decades. Nature has reclaimed the last vestiges of human civilization. The first expedition returned with reports of a pristine, Edenic landscape; the second expedition ended in mass suicide, the third in a hail of gunfire as its members turned on one another. The members of the eleventh expedition returned as shadows of their former selves, and within weeks, all had died of cancer. In Annihilation, the first volume of Jeff VanderMeer's Southern Reach Trilogy, we join the twelfth expedition.

The group is made up of four women: an anthropologist; a surveyor; a psychologist, the de facto leader; and our narrator, a biologist. Their mission is to map the terrain, record all observations of their surroundings and of one another, and, above all, avoid being contaminated by Area X itself.

They arrive expecting the unexpected, and Area X delivers—but it’s the surprises that came across the border with them and the secrets the expedition members are keeping from one another that change everything.

El Literato --La Sombra del Viento

Tuesday, August 2, 2022, 6:00pm - 7:00pm

poster for bilingual book club

Join us for our first meeting of El Literato Athens-Clarke County Library's bilingual book club as we discuss LA SOMBRA DEL VIENTO by Carlos Ruiz Zafón.   Goodreads quote from the back cover: "Barcelona, 1945: A city slowly heals from its war wounds, and Daniel, an antiquarian book dealer's son who mourns the loss of his mother, finds solace in a mysterious book entitled The Shadow of the Wind, by one Julian Carax. But when he sets out to find the author's other works, he makes a shocking discovery: someone has been systematically destroying every copy of every book Carax has written. In fact, Daniel may have the last of Carax's books in existence. Soon Daniel's seemingly innocent quest opens a door into one of Barcelona's darkest secrets--an epic story of murder, madness, and doomed love."  Click THE SHADOW OF THE WIND for the English translation information on PINES.

"Since its publication, La sombra del viento has garnered critical acclaim around the world and has won numerous international awards. Ruiz Zafón's works have been published in more than 40 countries and have been translated into more than 30 languages."--Goodreads 

Discussion will be bilingual, as needed. For information contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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