Friends of James V. Brown Library to hold book review luncheon

On Friday, the Friends of the James V. Brown Library will sponsor a book review that will compare chapters from two books.

The author of both books is Colum McCann, Irish American writer of literary fiction, who currently lives in New York City, where he teaches creative writing at Hunter College.

The first book, “Let the Great World Spin,” covers and connects a single day in the lives of ordinary people and the extraordinary stunt of a tightrope walker (loosely based on Philippe Petit) walking between the Twin Towers.

“Transatlantic,” the second book, is a linear account covering more than a century of the first transatlantic flight in 1919, the visit of Frederick Douglas to Ireland in 1845-46, and the Irish peace process negotiated by Sen. George Mitchell in 1998.

The presenter will be Thomas A. Zimmerman, associate professor of psychology, humanities and social sciences at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Zimmerman, a native of Williamsport, has been a member of a reading group that reads exclusively works of Irish authors.

Book Review Luncheons are open to the public and free of charge unless one chooses to order the light lunch that is available.

There is a cost for lunch, which can be reserved by calling the Library Information Desk at 570-326-0536 no later than 3 p.m. Wednesday. A bag lunch or takeout from a local eatery also are welcome.

The luncheon starts 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 Room of the Welch Family Wing of the library. The Market Street metered parking lot is adjacent to the most convenient door.