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March 16, 2012

Southwest Book Club Meets March 20

cleopatra.jpg Join the Southwest Book Club this month to discuss Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff on Tuesday, March 20 at 7:00 p.m. in the Meeting Room. This Pulitzer Prize author weaves together sex and celebrity, empire and politics in a story that is as contemporary as it is ancient. Schiff's work of nonfiction fully captures the operatic power of Cleopatra's life and reign.

Anyone age 18 or older is welcome to attend. The book club meets monthly at the Southwest Branch Library.

For more information, please call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info.

Discussion Questions
If you are unable to attend the meeting or you would like to join our discussion, you can share your thoughts or respond to the discussion questions below. Simply click "Comments" located at the bottom of this post. Join the discussion!

1. Why is Cleopatra's past so mysterious?

2. Why is she such an enduring historical figure?

3. How did the asp become part of Cleopatra's legend?

4. How did prejudices of the time affect Cleopatra?

5. If you read a historical fiction title about Cleopatra, compare your reading experiences after now reading a nonfiction title.

Discussion question obtained from Novelist Plus database.