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‘The Big Sick’ screening Jan. 23

MARQUETTE — The Peter White Public Library invites film fans to enjoy a bring your own dinner movie event at 6 p.m. Jan. 23, for a screening of the 2017 film “The Big Sick” in the library’s community room.

When Pakistan-born comedian Kumail and grad student Emily fall in love, they struggle with cultural clashes, exacerbated when Emily is put into a medically induced coma. This film won the Las Vegas Film Critics Society award for best comedy film of the year. Starring Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan and Holly Hunter, this romantic comedy is rated R and runs 2 hours.

There is no admission charge thanks to sponsorship by the Friends of the Peter White Public Library. For more information, visit www.pwpl.info or call 226-4318.

Sci-Fi on Tap held Wednesday

MARQUETTE — At 7 p.m. Wednesday, the Peter White Public Library will be hosting a meeting of its book club, Sci-Fi on Tap, at the Ore Dock Brewing Company.

This month, the group will discuss “The Left Hand of Darkness” by Ursula Le Guin.

In a federation of over 80 worlds, the planet of Winter stands alone. Named Winter for its harsh, cold environment, it houses a race of hardy, androgynous human beings who experience “kemmer” each lunar cycle. To this world comes Genli Ai, a tall dark man who is viewed as a pervert by the residents of Winter. He in turn finds his own conceptions of what it means to be male and female interfere with his ability to trust and understand this new race which he hopes to bring into the galactic federation.

The trust and devotion of Estravan, who wants to see his world evolve, forces Genli Ai to reevaluate his own conceptions to better understand the residents of Winter.

The meeting will be in the Tap Room, so look for a PWPL Sci-Fi on Tap sign. Come to the club, enjoy a beer, and express thoughts on this novel. There is no admission charge to attend.

For more information, visit www.pwpl.info or call 226-4318.

Book discussion series to kick off

MARQUETTE — At 7 p.m. Thursday, as part of its Building Love: Imagine series, the Peter White Public Library will host the first of five book discussions led by Fran Darling on “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot in the Dandelion Cottage Room.

Published in 2010, this book examines issues of medicine, ethics and race with the story of Henrietta Lacks, a poor, black tobacco farmer whose cells were harvested when she was being treated for cervical cancer. Skloot writes about Henrietta’s hometown of Clover, Virginia, the “colored” ward of Johns Hopkins, the laboratories where work was done, and her home in East Baltimore. Although her cells aided the medical community in finding a vaccine for polio and developing treatments for AIDS, they were taken without her consent or even knowledge.

Skoot’s work of non-fiction won numerous awards including the 2010 Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize for Non-Fiction, the Wellcome Trust Book Prize, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s Award for Excellence in Science Writing.

There is no admission charge to attend thanks to sponsorship by the Peter White Public Library and Forward Action Michigan-UP.

For more information, visit www.pwpl.info or call 226-4318.

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