Book review luncheons held at the James V. Brown Library

The next program for the First Friday Book Review Luncheons, sponsored by the Friends of the James V. Brown Library, will be held Friday and will feature two works of historical fiction: “Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald,” by Therese Ann Fowler and “The Paris Wife,” by Paula McClain.

The books chronicle the early careers and lives of F. Scott Fitzgerald and his wife Zelda, and of Ernest Hemingway and his first wife, Hadley. These couples were contemporaries who befriended one another when they all lived in Paris in the 1920s.

Besides revealing details of the complex relationships between the husbands and wives and of one couple with the other, these novels depict the creative processes of Hemingway and Fitzgerald.

Examining the processes and the attitudes the writers held toward their work provides insight into their art and inspiration for future writers.

The reviewer will be Mary Beth Kibbe, a recently retired English teacher, who found a study of artistic techniques to be an integral part of learning to write and to read great literature. Observing the creative methods of masters such as these two authors can inspire fine works from artists who follow them

The book review luncheons are free and open to the public, but there is a light lunch that is available to buy.

A bagged lunch or take-outs from local restaurants are also welcome.

The luncheon and can be reserved by calling the library information desk at 570-326-0536 no later than 3 p.m. Wednesday.

The luncheons start at noon with the program beginning at 12:30 p.m. Those interested may attend the talk without lunch. These events are held in the Lowry Theatre on the third floor of the Welch Family Wing of the library.