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Audacious Read Book Group

Audacious Read Book Group In-Person / Online

2024 Audacious Read: MIDNIGHT’S CHILDREN by Salman Rushdie

For the fifth year, we invite readers to participate in a year-long Audacious Read – an opportunity to read a big book over an extended period of time with the support of fellow readers. This year, we will read Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie – an epic novel that follows the life of Saleem, who is born at midnight in 1947, at the exact moment that India gains its independence. As Saleem grows, his life is intertwined with the saga of the nation in extraordinary ways. This novel has been heralded as one of the most notable books of the past hundred years, and it won the “Best of the Booker” Prize. 

Library executive director Jenny Emery Davidson will moderate the discussion, which is held VIRTUALLY via Zoom the first Tuesday of each month from 4 to 5 p.m. MT. The group does not meet in person. Please register in advance to receive the Zoom link and group updates. Contact Jenny with questions: jdavidson@comlib.org.

Dates & Times:
4:00pm - 5:00pm, Tuesday, February 6, 2024
4:00pm - 5:00pm, Tuesday, March 5, 2024
4:00pm - 5:00pm, Tuesday, April 2, 2024
4:00pm - 5:00pm, Tuesday, May 7, 2024
4:00pm - 5:00pm, Tuesday, June 4, 2024
4:00pm - 5:00pm, Tuesday, July 2, 2024
4:00pm - 5:00pm, Tuesday, August 6, 2024
4:00pm - 5:00pm, Tuesday, September 3, 2024
4:00pm - 5:00pm, Tuesday, October 1, 2024
4:00pm - 5:00pm, Tuesday, November 5, 2024
Time Zone:
Mountain Time - US & Canada (change)
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Registration is required. There is 1 seat available.

READING SCHEDULE (Page numbers are according to the Penguin paperback edition):

February 6: pages 1-36; “The Perforated Sheet,” “Mercurochrome”

March 5: pages 37-87; “Hit-the-Spittoon,” “Under the Carpet,” “A Public Announcement”

April 2: pages 88-138; “Many-headed Monsters,” “Methwold,” “Tick, Tock”

May 7: pages 141-195; “The Fisherman’s Pointing Finger,” “Snakes and Ladders,” “Accident in a Washing-chest”

June 4: pages 197-229; “All-India Radio,” “Love in Bombay,” “My Tenth Birthday” 

July 2: pages 249-301; “At the Pioneer Café,” “Alpha and Omega,” “The Kolynos Kid”

August 6: pages 303-352; “Commander Sabarmati’s Baton,” “Revelations,” “Movements Performed by Pepperpots” 

September 3: pages 353-410; “Drainage and the Desert,” “Jamila Singer,” “How Saleem Achieved Purity”

October 1: pages 413-481; “The Buddha,” “In the Sundarbans,” “Sam and the Tiger,” “The Shadow of the Mosque”

November 5: pages 483-end; “A Wedding,” “Midnight,” “Abracadabra” 

Event Organizer

Jenny Emery Davidson