When do we meet?
Staff Book Club
If you enjoy reading books, thinking about books, or talking about books,
then join with other staff members as we get together for dinner and conversation (mostly about books!).
Four times a year, twice in the fall and twice in the spring
What do we read?
The members nominate, vote and select the books
Where do we meet?
In a restaurant that is related to the theme of the book (loosely interpreted of course)
We try to find locations that aren't far from campus. Last year, for example, the staff book club met at a "haunted" restaurant in downtown Plano when we read The Heart Shaped Box by Joe Hill for our October selection. We met at BJ's Brewhouse for our February selection because the main character ran an underground brewery out of an Irish castle.
What time do we meet?
How long do the meetings last?
Usually an hour to an hour and a half
What if I can't meet during one of the four scheduled meetings?
No problem, we'll see you at the next meeting
Here are the winners for the first two meetings:
1st book is In the Woods by Tana French
2nd book is The Boy Who Drew Monsters by Keith Donohue
In the Woods:
As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening, three children do not return from the dark and silent woods. When the police arrive, they find only one of the children gripping a tree trunk in terror, wearing blood-filled sneakers, and unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours.
Twenty years later, the found boy, Rob Ryan, is a detective on the Dublin Murder Squad and keeps his past a secret. But when a twelve-year-old girl is found murdered in the same woods, he and Detective Cassie Maddox—his partner and closest friend—find themselves investigating a case chillingly similar to the previous unsolved mystery. Now, with only snippets of long-buried memories to guide him, Ryan has the chance to uncover both the mystery of the case before him and that of his own shadowy past.
The Boy Who Drew Monsters:
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Stolen Child comes a hypnotic literary horror novel about a young boy trapped inside his own world, whose drawings blur the lines between fantasy and reality.
Ever since he nearly drowned in the ocean three years earlier, ten-year-old Jack Peter Keenan has been deathly afraid to venture outdoors. Refusing to leave his home in a small coastal town in Maine, Jack Peter spends his time drawing monsters. When those drawings take on a life of their own, no one is safe from the terror they inspire. His mother, Holly, begins to hear strange sounds in the night coming from the ocean, and she seeks answers from the local Catholic priest and his Japanese housekeeper, who fill her head with stories of shipwrecks and ghosts. His father, Tim, wanders the beach, frantically searching for a strange apparition running wild in the dunes. And the boy's only friend, Nick, becomes helplessly entangled in the eerie power of the drawings. While those around Jack Peter are haunted by what they think they see, only he knows the truth behind the frightful occurrences as the outside world encroaches upon them all.
In the tradition of The Turn of the Screw, Keith Donohue's The Boy Who Drew Monsters is a mesmerizing tale of psychological terror and imagination run wild, a perfectly creepy read for a dark night.
Summaries taken from BarnesandNoble.Com (2014)