Individuals who work during the day can still enjoy an entertaining talk about their favorite novels at Books After Dark.

Presented by the Hopkinsville-Christian County Public Library, the after-hours book discussion group will meet at 6:45 p.m. once a month. The first meeting will be Jan. 30 at the library, 1101 Bethel St.

“When you have daytime programs it’s hard for people who work to get to them,” said Eve Hall, collection development specialist at the library. “So this one is going to be after the library closes — from 6:45 to 7:45 — in the hopes that people who are unable to attend the ones during the day will be able to come out and do something fun and relaxing after work.”

The “rotating book discussion group” will feature different moderators and different genres each month.

“The first one we’re doing a mystery/thriller,” Hall said. “It will alternate. We will be doing different themes each month.”

Hall said library personnel will lead the discussions of books from three different genres. Hall said for the mystery/thriller and fantasy book discussion groups, participants are invited to bring a beverage of choice to enjoy during the evening.

“Mystery/thriller and Christian fiction — those two are probably our most popular of the adult genre categories. That’s why we picked those two,” Hall said. “We know there is a huge fantasy audience out there, so it’s kind of an experiment to see if we can draw them in.”

In January, the featured book will be “The Snowman” by Jo Nesbo. According to the book summary, “Nesbø’s antihero police investigator, Harry Hole, is back: in a bone-chilling thriller that will take Hole to the brink of insanity.”

“I think people who love books, love to talk about books,” said Hall, who will be leading the January group talk.

In February the featured book will be the Christian fiction novel, “The Dating Charade,” by Melissa Ferguson.

Hall said participants will get an opportunity to talk with Ferguson, who plans to Skype with the audience during the discussion.

“It’s a first-time author and she’s really excited to get her book out there and share it with people,” she said. “She has agreed to be part of the book discussion through Skype so people can ask her questions.”

Lisa Dean, circulation at the library, will lead February’s discussion.

In March will be the fantasy genre selection, “The Secret History of Witches,” by Louisa Morgan. Tiffany Luna, operations director at the library, will lead the fantasy book discussion.

“In April we’re circling back around with another mystery thriller, ‘All Things Cease to Appear,’ by Elizabeth Brundage,” Hall said.

All of the books will be available at the library for participants to check out and read.

“They can come to the circulation desk and we will have all the books for all of our discussion groups. They can check them out,” Hall said. “Just get the book read before you come or if you don’t finish the book and have just read some of it, come and talk.”

Since the group meets after hours at the library, Hall recommends participants park behind the library.

For more information and dates for future Books After Dark, visit http://hccpl.org/, call 270-887-4262 or visit the library Facebook page.

Reach Michele Vowell at 270-887-3242 or mvowell@kentuckynewera.com.

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