Explorations Read-Aloud for Adults: Giovanni’s Room
Friday, February 5, 2021 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Every Friday, at 11:00 am, on the library’s YouTube Channel and Facebook Page, the library will stream a brand new recording of local thespian, Joseph Coté reading aloud selections from a wide variety of fascinating and entertaining books of fiction and non-fiction. This is a program to help keep our community connected to books during the pandemic when we are unable to meet in person.
For February 5, Coté will read aloud selections from James Baldwin’s groundbreaking novel, Giovanni’s Room, about love and the fear of love set among the bohemian bars and nightclubs of 1950s Paris. James Baldwin was a renowned writer who spent a lifetime in literature trying to explore his identity as a black man and as an American.
In the 1950s Paris of American expatriates, liaisons, and violence, a young man finds himself caught between desire and conventional morality. With a sharp, probing imagination, James Baldwin’s now-classic narrative delves into the mystery of loving and creates a moving, highly controversial story of death and passion that reveals the unspoken complexities of the human heart.
“A book that belongs in the top rank of fiction.” —The Atlantic