Our next meeting is Tuesday, July 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the Crossings clubhouse (the Walnut Country HOA Clubhouse, 44965 S Larwin Ave, Concord, CA 94521). We’ll be discussing The Lost Book of Moses: The Hunt for the World’s Oldest Bible, by Chanan Tigay, a true mystery tale about Biblical scholar and journalist Tigay’s “quest to find the oldest Bible scrolls in the world and uncover the story of the brilliant, doomed antiquarian accused of forging them” [jacket blurb].
In August we’ll be reading The Bookman’s Tale: A Novel of Obsession by Charlie Lovett. Nine months after the death of his beloved wife Amanda left him shattered, Peter Byerly, a young antiquarian bookseller, relocates from North Carolina to the English countryside, hoping to outrun his grief and rediscover the joy he once took in collecting and restoring rare books. But upon opening an eighteenth-century study of Shakespeare forgeries, he discovers a Victorian watercolor of a woman who bears an uncanny resemblance to Amanda. Peter becomes obsessed with learning the picture’s origins and braves a host of dangers to follow a trail of clues back across the centuries—all the way to Shakespeare’s time and a priceless literary artifact that could prove, once and for all, the truth about the Bard’s real identity [from publisher's blurb]. The meeting to discuss the book will be on Tuesday, August 16.