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AT THE LIBRARY: A correction and a short story reading group

Last week, I incorrectly identified the novel under discussion by the Pageturner’s Book Group today at 6:30 p.m. The correct title is “Sister Dear,” and the author is Hannah Mary McKinnon. I apologize to Ms. McKinnon, to Pageturner’s members who had trouble finding it, and to all our other patrons who love thrillers and novels of suspense.

“Sister Dear” has a 4.5-star overwhelmingly positive review rating on Amazon. It garnered glowing reviews from New York Times Bestselling authors, including this one from Wendy Walker, bestselling author of “The Night Before:” “Sister Dear is as unexpected as it is thought provoking. It’s a story about the meaning of family, the corruption of wealth, and the needs inside us that sneak up and take over our lives. The twisty ending was well paved and clever, but also a testament to McKinnon’s uncanny insight into family relationships. This is domestic noir that should be at the top of your list!”

“Sister Dear” is available through Hoopla in Clark County Public Library’s online library and through local and online bookstores. Put it on your reading list. Have a great time at the discussion tonight.

I’m going to try something a little different for my July book group.

Instead of a novel, the reading selection for July will be a short story by Minsoo Kang entitled “Lord Elgin at the Acropolis.” It appeared in the November/December 2016 issue of The Magazine of Science Fiction and Fantasy.

Mionsoo Kang is a professor of European intellectual history at the University of Missouri. He has written a number of science fiction and fantasy stories, a study of automatons and a new translation of a classic Korean Fantasy novel, “The Story of Hong Gildong.” Hong Gildong is a Korean Robin Hood.

“Lord Elgin at the Acropolis” is an weird mystery with no solution, but plenty of room for speculation.

At their monthly dinner meeting, Police Inspector O and novelist An discuss the baffling case of No, director of the Metropole Museum of Modern and Post-Modern Art.

Director No claims all the art in the museum has been stolen and replaced by forgeries, but the museums curators and art experts from around the world insist the originals are on the walls.

No becomes so infuriated about their disbelief he slashes a painting and is forced to retire.

There’s zero evidence what No says is true; however, Inspector O thinks he’s telling the truth. What’s the truth?

The discussion of “Lord Elgin at the Acropolis” will take place at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 23, via Zoom.

If you are interested, please send an email to me at john.clarkbooks@gmail.com. I will send you a PDF scan of the story and an invitation to the meeting. If you have any questions, please email.

The library has one collection by Minsoo Kang in its inventory., an earlier collection of stories and essays called “Of Tales and Enigmas” (call No. Fantastic F Kang).

Another story by Minsoo Kang, “The Virtue of Unfaithful translations,” can be found in “New Suns: Original Speculative Fiction by People of Color” (call No. Fantastic F New).

If you love to read magazines, you are probably already familiar with CCPL’s online magazine service, Zinnio. Zinnio has become part of RB Digital services, so it is accessed now by using the RB Digital link in the dropdown Online Library menu.

New magazine subscriptions have been added for 2020. Be sure to go to Zinnio and see what’s new.

Take care of yourself as you travel through the day.

I got an email from the Chamber of Commerce today that I’m making my mantra: “Wear Your mask; Wash Your Hands; Keep Your Distance.” In the word of mythic Marvel editor Stan Lee, “’Nuff said.”

John Maruskin is director of adult services at the Clark County Public Library. He can be reached at john.clarkbooks@gmail.com.