The Baltimore Sun's third annual book club will feature a trio of best-sellers that include a legal thriller, a mystery set on the coast of England during World War I, and a memoir that uses fiction to chart the American odyssey. Readers can meet the authors as well.
The lineup is as follows:
June 9: John Lescroart's "The Fall." This is the 16th installment in the bestselling author's series featuring San Francisco lawyer Dismas Hardy -- and now, his grown daughter, Rebecca. The attorneys probe the death of a teenage girl who plummets to her death from a highway overpass. Did Tanya Morgan fall, or was she pushed?
Sept. 29: Charles Todd's "A Pattern of Lies." "Charles Todd" is the pen name of the mother/son writing team of Caroline and Charles Todd, and "A Pattern of Lies" is the 7th book in the series about Bess Crawford, a nurse serving in France during World War I. Bess gets drawn into a horrific gunpowder explosion in a mill in southeast England that claims 100 lives. She soon finds herself battling to save the one person still alive who may be able to shed some light on the tragedy.
Nov. 4: Azar Nafisi's "The Republic of Imagination." The Iranian-born Nafisi is a a visiting fellow at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies -- and the author of the best-selling memoir "Reading Lolita in Tehran." In "The Republic of Imagination," she makes valuable discoveries about the character of her adopted country by analyzing three American literary classics -- Mark Twain's "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," Sinclair Lewis' "Babbitt" and Carson McCullers' "The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter."
The book club will be held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Sun, 501 N. Calvert St. Tickets to individual discussions cost $15, while a three-discussion series costs $40. A subscription purchase also entitles the holder to park for free in the Sun garage, to reserved seating and to move to the front of the line at the book signings following each discussion.