Community Read 2017

We are proud to present this year’s Community Read book

“Underground Airlines” by Ben H. Winters

Underground Airlines tackles the thorny subject of racial injustice in America. It takes place in contemporary United States – however, the author presents an alternate history where the Civil War never happened, and slavery remains legal in four states. It is narrated by a former slave – a bounty hunter named Victor – who has paid a steep moral price for his freedom.

Victor tracks fugitives for the United States Marshals Service. But his mission, like his past, is complicated, as the people he’s chasing are escaped slaves. Their main crime is rejecting a life of forced servitude. And Victor himself was once one of them. Victor – who excels at his work and has captured more than 200 people – infiltrates an abolitionist movement called the Underground Airlines. In doing so, he is forced to confront his own complicity.

Pick up a copy of the book at the library Circulation Desk, and join the many community programs scheduled during September and October at neighborhood libraries.

Click here for more information on “Underground Airlines”, a list of community programs and book discussions, and the author’s biography.

Presented by the Neighborhood Library Association.

Register to attend the “Meet the Author” and wine reception on November 10 at 7:00 pm. at the Novi Public Library.  Join us for a discussion with Ben Winters, the author of Underground Airlines. He will discuss his book and have a Q&A with the audience. RSVP here by contacting Novi Public Library.
Must be 21 or over to attend.