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Annihilation: A Novel

by Jeff VanderMeer

About the Book

Annihilation is the story of the twelfth expedition into Area X, an unusual wilderness area that has begun to mutate for unknown reasons. Comprised of a biologist, an anthropologist, a surveyor, and a psychologist, the four women on the expedition set out to search for answers in Area X. What is Area X and why is it changing? What happened to the past expeditions? What lives at the center of Area X? Journal entries written by the biologist, as well as notes and recordings left behind by members of previous expeditions, may reveal the truth.

About the Author

Hailed as the “King of Weird Fiction,” Jeff VanderMeer is the critically acclaimed author of the Southern Reach Trilogy. He has been published widely and lectured on creative writing at the Yale Writers’ Conference, MIT, and the Library of Congress. Annihilation won the Nebula and Shirley Jackson awards and has been translated into 35 languages. Borne, VanderMeer’s most recent novel, was one of the most anticipated books of 2017.

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Amazing UFO Cases

Tuesday, July 30, 2019, 7:00 pm
Main Library – 111 Library St NE

Every year, the Mutual UFO Network, the world’s largest civilian UFO research organization, compiles the best cases it receives. Join State Director Bill Konkolesky as he shares stunning recent accounts of unidentified aerial phenomena. Learn about accounts of amazing maneuvers that startled people and animals, engaged with military aircraft, and much more.

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Tuesday, August 6, 2019, 8:00 pm
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After her husband returns physically changed from a secret mission, a biologist decides to join a dangerous expedition into a zone where the laws of nature have been turned around. Tickets are $3 with a valid GRPL library card. Use code GRPL2019 to purchase tickets online.

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Tuesday, August 13, 2019, 7:00 pm
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Join herbalist, forager, and author Lisa Rose on a wild journey to learn about local plants that can be used for food and herbal medicine. Come away with tips on how to locate the wild edibles of summer and learn the safe harvesting rules of urban foraging. Proper identification, harvesting ethics, traditional uses and recipes will be discussed.

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