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After The End Adult Book Discussion Group

Meets the 1st Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at the Athens-Clarke County Library (or virtually)

"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 gelm@athenslibrary.org or 706-613-3650 ext. 324.


After The End Adult Book Discussion Group - Athens

Spin

Thursday, December 2, 2021 at 7pm

 

Hybrid meeting - choose Zoom or in person in Multipurpose Room C

Join us as we discuss Spin by Robert Charles Wilson! Newcomers are always welcome. 

Put a hold on a physical copy through PINES here.

Read the ebook copy through Libby here.

Description from Goodreads: One night in October when he was ten years old, Tyler Dupree stood in his back yard and watched the stars go out. They all flared into brilliance at once, then disappeared, replaced by a flat, empty black barrier. He and his best friends, Jason and Diane Lawton, had seen what became known as the Big Blackout. It would shape their lives.

Life on Earth is about to get much, much stranger.

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 or the link to join the meeting.

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Book Choices for the Year

Here are the books (chosen by attendees at our July 2021 meeting) that our book group will be reading for the rest of the year: link.

Please plan to join us at our July 2022 meeting to choose next years' books.

The Apocalypse Seven with Virtual Author Visit

Thursday, November 4, 2021 at 7pm

Hybrid meeting - choose Zoom or in person in Multipurpose Room C

Join us as we discuss The Apocalypse Seven by Gene Doucette with a special virtual visit from the author! Newcomers are always welcome. 

Put a copy on hold through PINES here.

About the book from Goodreads: Scott Sigler called Doucette’s cozy apocalypse story, “entertaining as hell.” Come see how the world ends, not with a bang, but a whatever...

The whateverpocalypse. That’s what Touré, a twenty-something Cambridge coder, calls it after waking up one morning to find himself seemingly the only person left in the city. Once he finds Robbie and Carol, two equally disoriented Harvard freshmen, he realizes he isn’t alone, but the name sticks: Whateverpocalypse. But it doesn’t explain where everyone went. It doesn’t explain how the city became overgrown with vegetation in the space of a night. Or how wild animals with no fear of humans came to roam the streets.

Add freakish weather to the mix, swings of temperature that spawn tornadoes one minute and snowstorms the next, and it seems things can’t get much weirder. Yet even as a handful of new survivors appear—Paul, a preacher as quick with a gun as a Bible verse; Win, a young professional with a horse; Bethany, a thirteen-year-old juvenile delinquent; and Ananda, an MIT astrophysics adjunct—life in Cambridge, Massachusetts gets stranger and stranger.

The self-styled Apocalypse Seven are tired of questions with no answers. Tired of being hunted by things seen and unseen. Now, armed with curiosity, desperation, a shotgun, and a bow, they become the hunters. And that’s when things truly get weird. 

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 or the link to join the meeting.

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The Memory Police

world war z cover

Thursday, October 7, 2021 at 7pm

Hybrid meeting - choose Zoom or in person in Multi-purpose room C

Join us as we discuss The Memory Police Yoko Ogawa! Newcomers are always welcome. 

About the book from Goodreads: On an unnamed island off an unnamed coast, objects are disappearing: first hats, then ribbons, birds, roses—until things become much more serious. Most of the island's inhabitants are oblivious to these changes, while those few imbued with the power to recall the lost objects live in fear of the draconian Memory Police, who are committed to ensuring that what has disappeared remains forgotten.

When a young woman who is struggling to maintain her career as a novelist discovers that her editor is in danger from the Memory Police, she concocts a plan to hide him beneath her floorboards. As fear and loss close in around them, they cling to her writing as the last way of preserving the past.

A surreal, provocative fable about the power of memory and the trauma of loss, The Memory Police is a stunning new work from one of the most exciting contemporary authors writing in any language.

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 or the link to join the meeting.

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