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The Golem and the Jinni : a novel

2013

It’s no surprise that Helene Wecker’s first novel, The Golem and the Jinni, won the 2014 Harold U. Ribalow prize. This adult fairy tale reminds the reader of the works of Kafka or Isaac Bashevis Singer. At turns it is funny but it can be dark. The Golem (Chava) is a creature made out of clay and the Jinni (Ahmad), born of fire, has been trapped inside a copper flask for many generations. It’s 1899 in New York City with a focus on the streets and rooftops of Manhattan. Immigrants abound. The reader knows Chava and Ahmad will eventually meet but Wecker writes a beautifully crafted story of this historical period and the characters who inhabit the New World, with a sense of foreboding. In many ways, this is a time-travel piece which draws the reader in by using a “soap opera” storytelling technique going back and forth between the various elements of the story. This book will keep you up way past your bedtime!

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Library Questions from Downtown Forum

As part of the City of Appleton’s mission to be transparent with the community about the Appleton Library Project, Mayor Hanna has provided detailed answers to questions from a recent forum hosted by the League of Women Voters at the Appleton Public Library.

This set of answers pertains to the proposed new downtown Appleton Public Library project. Questions about the proposed downtown exhibition center and other general questions asked at the forum will also be shared. To view the questions and answers, please click on the PDF below.

Videos of the full League of Women Voters Downtown Appleton Forum are also available online.

2015 Fox Cities Book Festival

The 2015 Fox Cities Book Festival is almost upon us! This year’s festival will run from April 20 through April 26, and will feature over 60 authors and more than 100 events.

Here at APL, we have over 15 special events for you; including a special pre-festival event with Linda Sue Park and a mixer with this year's Fox Cities Reads author Christina Baker Kline. View all the events at APL by clicking on the photo to the left or by opening the PDF below.

Be sure to keep checking the Fox Cities Book Festival website and Facebook page for special announcements and updates. You can also receive updates from the Fox Cities Book Festival Committee via email by signing up for e-alerts.

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