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Adult Book Club: The Day the World Came to Town, 9/11 in Gander, New Foundland

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Join us the first Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. to discuss compelling books of all genres. Books purchased for our book clubs are always 20% off. Please email Sally Chadbourn for more information and to join.

This month, we are reading The Day the World Came to Town, 9/11 in Gander, New Foundland by Jim Defede, a moving story of a community that opened its homes to more than 6,000 stranded airline passengers on 9/11/2001.


Journalist Jim Defede calls attention to a sidelight of the events of 9/11 as the town of Gander (pop. 10,000) swells with the influx of 6,500 air travelers when US airspace was shut down and 38 planes were grounded.  Through selective interviews, the book describes engaging acts of copious kindness and generosity on the part of local residents and quick thinking initiatives led by the mayor and other local civic leaders.  Separate vignettes focus on individual passengers in this heartwarming chronicle of friendship and goodwill.

Earlier Event: August 30
Meet the Author: David Shannon
Later Event: September 12
Adults who Read YA: Grace and Fury