Mystery book club
Monday, Oct. 18, 10-11 a.m.
“The Keeper of Lost Causes” by Jussi Adler-Olsen follows Carl Mørck, who used to be one of Copenhagen’s best homicide detectives. Then a hail of bullets destroyed the lives of two fellow cops, and Carl — who didn’t draw his weapon — blames himself. So, a promotion is the last thing he expects. But Department Q is a department of one, and Mørck’s got only a stack of Copenhagen’s coldest cases for company. His colleagues snicker, but Carl may have the last laugh, because one file keeps nagging at him: a liberal politician vanished five years earlier and is presumed dead.
Spiritualism and the Robinsons of Rokeby
Tuesday, Oct. 19, 7-8 p.m.
Join Rokeby Museum director, Dr. Lindsay Varner, for a discussion on the Spiritualist movement of the 19th century. In the 1840s, the Robinson farm in Ferrisburgh held a series of séances that were recorded by a close friend and preserved in the museum’s collection. Varner gives an overview of the history of Spiritualism, its ties to the Great Awakening, and shares a few words from the Robinson’s communications with the spirit world.
Men’s book group: ‘Machines Like Me’
Wednesday, Oct. 20, 7-8:30 p.m.
Britain has lost the Falklands war, Margaret Thatcher battles Tony Benn for power and Alan Turing achieves a breakthrough in artificial intelligence. In a world not quite like this one, two lovers will be tested beyond their understanding. “Machines Like Me” occurs in an alternative 1980s London. This provocative and thrilling tale warns of the power to invent things beyond our control.
Bicycling in Vermont, 1880–1920
Tuesday, Oct. 26, 7-8 p.m.
Luis Vivanco explores the early history of the bicycle in Vermont, tied to important changes in industrial production, consumerism and new cultural ideas about auto-mobility and effortless speed. A program from the Vermont Council on Humanities.
Addiction inoculation: Raising healthy kids
Wednesday, Oct. 27, 7-8 p.m.
Join Charlotte resident and best-selling author Jessica Lahey to discuss “The Addiction Inoculation,” a comprehensive resource that parents and educators can use to prevent substance abuse in children. Guidelines are age-appropriate and actionable, from navigating a child’s risk for addiction and interpreting signs of early abuse, to advice for broaching difficult conversations with children.