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November 12, 2012

Southwest Book Club Meets November 20

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Join the Southwest Book Club to discuss the book, The Confession by John Grisham on Tuesday, November 20 at 7:00 p.m. in the Meeting Room. This psychological thriller by best-selling author Grisham is the story of an innocent man about to be executed and the guilty one who only can save him. But will the guilty one be able to convince the lawyers and judges of their error?

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 (at) 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. Grisham has received criticism that his characters are one-dimensional--either all good or all bad, depending on which side of the death penalty issue they fall on. Do you agree? Or do you feel his characters are fully drawn? What about Keith Schroeder?

2. Grisham has also been criticized for straying from his signature suspense fiction to push his views on the death penalty. Do you agree with those critics? Should Grisham, as a writer of fiction, stay away from hot button political issues? Or should he to use his popularity as a fiction writer to speak out? Does your answer to that question align with your attitude toward the death penalty?

3. How is your reading of this novel affected by the knowledge that much in the book is based on actual events, not just in Texas but in other states as well?

4. Have you learned anything new about the working of the legal system in this country? Do you see it in a different light because of Grisham's book?

5. What are your views regarding the death penalty? Has your perspective been changed by reading this book? Do you see Grisham's book as a fair--or unfair--portrayal of the legal system and death penalty issue?
Discussion questions obtained from litlovers.com

November 9, 2012

JJ Dennis Photography Exhibit at the Southwest Library

photo.JPGJJ Dennis's photography exhibit, Haunted, is featured in the lobby display through the end of November. The photos in this exhibit were taken with a Nikon D70 digital camera using an 18mm-70mm lens and an iPhone 4 using the Camera+ app. One picture was even taken with a homemade soapbox camera.

If you are interested in finding out more information about the art or the artist, please contact JJ Dennis at jjdennis13 at gmail dot com.

The Southwest Orange Art Group Exhibit at the Southwest Library

The Southwest Orange Art Group's exhibit, The Joy of Creativity, will be displayed through the end of December. The members are local artists who work in various mediums, including acrylic, gouache, oil, pastel, and watercolor. Information about the artists contributing to this exhibit can be found in the circular display at the back of the library.
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If you are interested in finding out more about the art or joining the Southwest Orange Art Group's, please contact their founder and facilitator Debby Schmaltz at DebSchmaltz@gmail.com