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Poetry Writing Workshop with Patrice Vecchione

Poetry Writing Workshop with Patrice Vecchione

Saturday, October 14, 2 p.m.

Practice your poetry writing with poet, author, artist and teacher, Patrice Vecchione.  This 1 1/2 hour workshop includes writing exercises, inspirtation and feedback.  For adults and mature teens.  Admission is free, but registration is required.  To sign up call (831) 646-3933.  Funds for this program are provided by the Friends of the Monterey Public Library. 

Searching for Your Roots at the Library with Kathy Nielsen

Searching for Your Roots at the Library with Kathy Nielsen

Sunday, September 17, 2 p.m.

Join the Sons of Norway as they host a repeat presentation of "Searching for Your Roots at the Library" with MPL librarian and genealogy specialist Kathy Nielsen.  Discover the treasures the Monterey Public Library offers to those researching their Monterey families and to those searching for families who settled in other parts of the United States.  Kathy Nielsen, MPL Reference Librarian, will comment on the holdings of the Library's California History Room, a repository specializing in California History on the Monterey Peninsula, extending from Moss Landing to Big Sur to Carmel Valley.  She will demonstrate how to research families in the context of their time, and she will share tips on how to access resources in public libraries and archives throughout the United States.  Admission is free.  For information email 

Literary Circle to Discuss "A Gentleman in Moscow"

Monday, August 28, 6:30 p.m.

August 13, 2017

Media Contact:  Jeanne McCombs
Monterey Public Library, Monterey, California  /  (831) 646-3949


The Monterey Public Library's Literary Circle will discuss "A Gentleman in Moscow" by Amor Towles on Monday, August 28, at 6:30 p.m.  Read the book and come prepared to join the lively, congenial discussion facilitataed by library staff.  For adults.  Free.  For information call (831) 646-3933.   The library is located at 625 Pacific Street, Monterey. 

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Stories for Adults featuring Bill Harley

Stories for Adults featuring Bill Harley

Saturday, December 9, 2 p.m.

Don't miss this great afternoon with two-time Grammy Award winning storyteller, author, songwriter and popular commentator on NPR's "All Things Considered."  For adults - 16-up. Tickets $15 or 1 free with your valid MPL or PGPL card.  Obtain tickets in advance at the Help Desk on a first-come, first-served basis.  No tickets at the door.  For information call (831) 646-3933.  Tickets go on sale October 23.

A Gentleman in Moscow

A Gentleman in Moscow

By Amor Towles

It’s 1922.  Count Alexander Ilyich Rostov is under house arrest in Moscow’s splendid Metropol Hotel after writing a poem which displeased the Bolsheviks.  But his circumstances could be worse.   He could have been exiled to Siberia or even executed.  However, he has been forced to give up his luxury suite in the hotel, and take a few possessions to his tiny attic room. 

Alexander is an intelligent, cultured, educated gentleman with impeccable manners and high personal standards.  He tries to accept his fate as cheerfully as he can.  He still enjoys good food and drink at the hotel and engages with interesting people.  

As the decades pass, the brutality of Soviet life begins to seep into life at the Metropol, but nothing seems to be able to completely destroy the splendor of the hotel.  The Count is eventually pressed into service as a waiter, a task which he undertakes with his usual precision and attention to aesthetics. In this reduced status, Alexander makes a few close friends, finds romance, even a child to nurture and love.  His circumstances are not so much humiliating, but enduring the condescension of the ill-mannered, officious communist bureaucrats who are running the hotel is a cross he must bear.  At least until things reach a point of no return.

That the dreariness and oppression of Communist Russia and later the Soviet regime are set against the splendor of the Metropol give this novel brightness, beauty, and room for humor.   And the reader is treated to spending time with very likeable and dignified characters.

A Gentleman in Moscow would make a great discussion pick for book groups.  But give yourself a bit of time to savor it, because it ‘s almost 500 pages long.