Carnegie Hall presents a book club discussion featuring Sara Gruen’s bestselling novel “Water for Elephants.” The group will meet on July 27 at 5:30 p.m. in the Board Room. This book club is offered in conjunction with the 2016 Lewisburg Literary Festival. Join facilitator, Willa Izzo for an interactive discussion of “Water for Elephants.” Gruen will be a main stage speaker at the 2016 Lewisburg Literary Festival on Saturday, Aug. 6. For more information on the Lewisburg Literary Festival, visit http://www.lewisburgliteraryfestival.com/.
Gruen is the No. 1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of “At the Water’s Edge,” “Water for Elephants,” “Ape House,” “Riding Lessons” and “Flying Changes.” Her works have sold more than 10 million copies worldwide. “Water for Elephants” was adapted into a major motion picture in 2011.
As a young man, Jacob Jankowski was tossed by fate onto a rickety train that was home to the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth. It was the early part of the great Depression, and for Jacob, now ninety, the circus world he remembers was both his salvation and a living hell. A veterinary student just shy of a degree, he was put in charge of caring for the circus menagerie. It was there that he met Marlena, the beautiful equestrian star married to August, the charismatic but twisted animal trainer. And he met Rosie, an untrainable elephant who was the great gray hope for this third-rate traveling show. The bond that grew among this unlikely trio was one of love and trust, and, ultimately, it was their only hope for survival.
This event is free and requires no registration.