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Amazon.com description: Truth is a human right. It’s fall 2007. A well-timed leak has revealed that the US government might have engaged in first contact. Cora Sabino is doing everything she can to avoid the whole mess, since the force driving the controversy is her whistleblower father. Even though Cora hasn’t spoken to him in years, his celebrity has caught the attention of the press, the Internet, the paparazzi, and the government—and with him in hiding, that attention is on her. She neither knows nor cares whether her father’s leaks are a hoax, and wants nothing to do with him—until she learns just how deeply entrenched her family is in the cover-up, and that an extraterrestrial presence has been on Earth for decades. Realizing the extent to which both she and the public have been lied to, she sets out to gather as much information as she can, and finds that the best way for her to uncover the truth is not as a whistleblower, but as an intermediary. The alien presence has been completely uncommunicative until she convinces one of them that she can act as their interpreter, becoming the first and only human vessel of communication. Their otherworldly connection will change everything she thought she knew about being human—and could unleash a force more sinister than she ever imagined.
Many of our book discussions lead to broader conversations about what people have been reading and watching, as well as contemporary issues of science and culture. Each month, we have a meetup with this as the explicit goal: we'll open the conversation by talking a bit about what we have been reading lately (possibly asking everyone to give a brief synopsis of a recent book they've read and their impressions of it), and continue where the conversation takes us. _____________________________________________________________________ Due to the COVID-19 situation, this discussion will be online. To access this event, click the online event link to the right . You will be asked to download the application (although it's possible to continue without doing so, using the web app), and then to choose a name that will be associated with your face, but otherwise this does not require creating a new account or linking to an existing account. If you have difficulty hearing others in the chat or speaking, check that you aren't muted (the button in the lower-left), and also click the arrow next to the mute button, which will show you which audio devices are being used for speakers and microphone (to make sure you've got the right ones selected). If you continue experiencing problems, use the Chat option within the Zoom app, or send a message to one of this event's organizers (e.g., Randall or Nicoya), and we will work to help get you connected.
Get in the Halloween spirit with a discussion of a new collection of short fiction by the master of horror manga, Junji Ito! Since this is a manga, we thought it might fit best outside of our normal book discussion so come, if you dare, for a trip through cosmic horror. Amazon Description: A “best of” collection of creepy tales from Eisner award winner and legendary horror master Junji Ito. This striking collection presents the most remarkable short works of Junji Ito’s career, featuring an adaptation of Rampo Edogawa’s classic horror story “Human Chair” and fan favorite “The Enigma of Amigara Fault.” With a deluxe presentation—including special color pages, and showcasing illustrations from his acclaimed long-form manga No Longer Human—each chilling tale invites readers to revel in a world of terror. For more information, Vox Media recently recommended the collection in their "One Good Thing" series and you can read that article here - https://www.vox.com/culture/21405284/junji-ito-venus-in-the-blind-spot-review-horror-manga-anthology-one-good-thing-recommendations.
Just in time for Halloween! Join this virtual watch party for one of the most influential horror movies of all time: Dead of Night. Nicoya will stream the movie live via Zoom from the Kansas City Public Library's Kanopy service. This anthology movie has a literary connection: it features stories based on written works such as "The Bus-Conductor" by E. F. Benson and "The Story of the Inexperienced Ghost" by H. G. Wells From Kanopy.com, "An architect visits a country house only to get trapped in a recurring nightmare involving tales of the occult told by fellow guests at the manor. A portmanteau work from four of Ealing Studio's best directors, DEAD OF NIGHT preyed masterfully on the post-war fears and paranoia of the 1940's. Winner of the Most Interesting Screenplay Award at the Locarno International Film Festival. 'Nearly 60 years on, Ealing's compendium of spooky tales remains scary as hell.' - Geoff Andrew, Time Out"