Quick Bites Book Group: “The Prom Terrorists” and “The Paper Menagerie”

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 28 from 12:15 – 1:00 to discuss “The Prom Terrorists” by Rabih Alameddine and “The Paper Menagerie” by Ken Liu. While tonally these two stories share little in common, they both feature narrators who are the children of immigrants and explore immigration, assimilation, prejudice, and cultural expectations. “The Prom Terrorists” is the story of a hapless, not-too-bright, 28 year old who still lives with his parents and is recruited by the FBI to infiltrate the local mosque to find out what the new imam is planning (despite not being Muslim or speaking Arabic.) “The Paper Menagerie” tells the story of a son’s relationship with his Chinese mother who can breathe life into origami animals and won the Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy Awards when it was published in 2011. In person attendees can join from the lower-level meeting room at the library. Links to materials are listed below.

The Paper Menagerie – https://gizmodo.com/read-ken-lius-amazing-story-that-swept-the-hugo-nebula-5958919
The Prom Terrorists – https://lithub.com/one-rappers-dreams-of-fbi-stardom/

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 28 2022


12:15 pm - 1:00 pm

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