A date has been set, a book selected, and author lined up to join our inaugural Temple Book Club meeting on the evening of Tuesday, May 9 at 7 p.m. at the Temple. We will read Saving Sophie by Ronald Balson, the author of Once We Were Brothers. In our brand new Madge Rothschild Resource Center, Mr. Balson will join us via video-conferencing for our discussion.
The novel is a thriller, following Chicago accountant Jack Sommers, as he tries to rescue his daughter, Sophie, from her maternal grandfather, who is a suspected Palestinian terrorist. Jack also happens to be a suspect in a huge embezzlement case, and is on the run. The book is connected to Mr. Balson’s first novel only through Liam and Catherine, the investigators in both books.
Our goal with this program is to start a book club for Temple members that will meet on a quarterly basis. Following discussion of Saving Sophie, those attending will have the opportunity to plan meeting times and reading material for the group going forward. Resources will be available from the Jewish Book Council, the sponsor of the 45-minute “Live Chat” with the author, to help plan for the group. We hope to continue with three author chats next year.
There will be no cost for the program, though we encourage members to purchase the book wherever possible, as that is part of our agreement for the video-conference program. We do have one copy of Saving Sophie now in our library. Further details and reservation information will be provided closer to the event. In the meantime, mark your calendars for 7 p.m. on May 9, and enjoy a good book!