Book Discussion Group
A celebration of reading!
Read each selection & join staffer Wendy Wise for a spirited discussion!
Last Wednesday of each month at 7 pm in the Conference Room.
- July 30: Dracula by Bram Stoker
Nosferatu, Moroi, Civatateo, Jiangshi, Bruxas…
Virtually every culture has some form of vampire myth or folklore and popular vampire literature has exploded over the past decades. What is it that we find so compelling about the idea of the undead and their bloodsucking ways?
In 1897 Irishman Bram Stoker published the best known vampire novel of all time – Dracula. The story is told through the letters of Jonathan Harker, an English solicitor who has travelled to Transylvania to go over a real estate transaction with an eccentric client, Count Dracula. Eventually Harker is abandoned there while the Count travels to London in search of Harker’s fiancée.
Stoker, a contemporary of Robert Louis Stevenson, H.G. Wells, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, churned out a number of gothic and horror novels to supplement his income and, upon review, Dracula was compared favorably to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and the tales of Edgar Allan Poe. In addition to some factual historical detail, Dracula touches on the subjects of colonialism, the role of women in Victorian society, and sexual conventions of the day.
Check for available copies of Dracula by Bram Stoker at the Circulation Desk or through our catalog, where you can find the book, CD, or large print edition. It is also available as an e-book or e-audiobook through our Digital Downloads in our Digital Library.
Please join us for our discussion on the July 30!
- August 27: Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice
- September 24: The House Girl by Tara Conklin
- October 29: A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
- November 19: The Mercury 13: The Untold Story of Thirteen American Women and the Dream of Space Flight by Martha Ackmann
Questions? Call Reference at 614-481-3776.