Members of Cannon Beach Reads begin another year discussing important books, every third Wednesday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the library. Join us this year for discussion, coffee or tea, and cookies. The Cannon Beach Book Company orders books for purchase, and the library makes a copy available for patrons. The book that will be discussed at the Cannon Beach Reads meeting on Wednesday evening, February 19, will be Travels With My Aunt, by Graham Greene. Written in 1969, Travels with My Aunt tells the story of Henry Pulling, a retired, uptight bank manager who lives a lonely, boring life until, at his mother's funeral, he meets his long-lost Aunt Augusta, a 70-some year old free spirit who has had a series of affairs with men half her age. Augusta persuades Pulling to join her in madcap travels through Europe, Asia and South America, during which they meet spies, hippies, and other bohemian and financially questionable characters. Graham Greene, a British novelist, short story writer, and playwright, was known for writing thrillers, which he called "entertainments," and literary novels in which he explored the moral and political issues of the modern era, often from a strongly Catholic perspective. Travels with My Aunt is unlike his other works. Greene described it as the "only book I have written just for the fun of it."
Kathleen Bell will be leading the discussion on Wednesday, February 19, at the Library. Cannon Beach Reads meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. New members are always welcome. Come enjoy the discussion and have some coffee and delicious treats.