The Friends of the Brainerd Public Library and Prairie Bay welcome you to Season 5 of Books Burgers and Brews. Books Burgers and Brews is a book club that is open to the public held of 3rd Mondays from 6 - 8 pm currently on our Facebook Page and/or ZOOM. We supply the books, discussion, and some fun extras, and when we can be at the restaurant, Prairie Bay prepares a fun menu to match the book. See details on our next discussion below!
Our vision for this event is to attract men and women alike and provide a fun venue to gather with friends and enjoy a fun discussion. We like to call it... "A Book Club With A Kick". We would love to have you join us! When we meet in person we have a RSVP link to secure your spot.
UPDATE: In this time of COVID, we have moved Books Burgers and Brews online so you may watch from the comfort of your home or gather with friends to have your own book club! You will find your hosts, Sheila and Laurel joining you through ZOOM for the discussion. It's easy and it's free. We hope you will join us and continue to be a part of Books Burgers and Brews as we navigate through these times.
April 19th, (VIA ZOOM)
In this Pulitzer Prize-winning, New York Times bestselling follow-up to The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead brilliantly dramatizes another strand of American history through the story of two boys unjustly sentenced to a hellish reform school in Jim Crow-era Florida.
When Elwood Curtis, a black boy growing up in 1960s Tallahassee, is unfairly sentenced to a juvenile reformatory called the Nickel Academy, he finds himself trapped in a grotesque chamber of horrors. Elwood’s only salvation is his friendship with fellow “delinquent” Turner, which deepens despite Turner’s conviction that Elwood is hopelessly naive, that the world is crooked, and that the only way to survive is to scheme and avoid trouble. As life at the Academy becomes ever more perilous, the tension between Elwood’s ideals and Turner’s skepticism leads to a decision whose repercussions will echo down the decades.
Based on the real story of a reform school that operated for 111 years and warped the lives of thousands of children, The Nickel Boys is a devastating, driven narrative that showcases a great American novelist writing at the height of his powers and “should further cement Whitehead as one of his generation's best" (Entertainment Weekly).
Pick up your copy of the current read at the Brainerd Public Library front desk by asking for the Books, Burgers, and Brews once the title has been selected. The books at the library are first come first serve and we have 25 copies set aside for this event. you can request one for curbside pickup appointment by calling the library at 218-829-5574 or by going to the library during one of the “Grab and Go” times. See this page for scheduled times and more info on
All previous book selections can be returned to the library’s outside book drop anytime.
Participants that use the library for the book selection are asked to return the book once they have completed reading so someone else will be able to check the title out. Other options are listing to the book on audio, or purchasing online.
Fall 2020 - Spring 2021 Season Line Up:
April 19, 2021 - “The Nickel Boys” by Colson Whitehead
May 17, 2021 - “Beneath a Scarlet Sky” by Mark Sullivan
Summer Selections coming soon!!!