Quick Bites Book Group: “Brownies” and “Back When We Talked to the Dead”

Quick Bites – Short media discussed over lunch hour

Decorah Public Library staff are hosting nine book discussions in June. The groups are open to the public and newcomers are encouraged to attend. Anyone interested should call the library at 382-3717 to learn more or to reserve a book. Zoom links are available on the Library’s website or you can email ktorresdal@decorahlibrary.org to be added to any of the groups’ email distribution lists. Funds for multiple copy sets were generously provided by Friends of Decorah Public Library.

The Quick Bites group will hold a hybrid meeting on Tuesday, June 14 from 12:15 – 1:00 to discuss ZZ Packer’s “Brownies” and Mariana Enriquez’s “Back When We Talked to the Dead.” Both stories explore how groups experience and shape collective trauma, through the lens of teen and preteen girls. In “Brownies” a Brownie troop with only black girls plan an attack on an all-white troop after hearing one of them use a racial slur. “Back When We Talk to the Dead” focuses on four girls living in and around Buenos Aires who turn to a Ouija board to connect with family members who have been “disappeared” during Argentina’s military dictatorship in the late 1970s and early 1980s. In person attendees can join from the lower-level meeting room at the library. Links to materials below.

Brownies – http://writ101van.weebly.com/uploads/2/2/7/3/22735066/packer_brownies.pdf
Back When We Talked to the Dead – https://lithub.com/back-when-we-talked-to-the-dead/

For more information, contact Tricia Crary (Friday Book Group), Zach Row-Heyveld (Cookbook and Quick Bites Groups) or Kristin Torresdal (Happy Hour, History, and Speculative Fiction Book Groups) at 563-382-3717.

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Jun 14 2022


12:15 pm - 1:00 pm

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