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2018-03-27 12:00 AM
shafer room

Book Selection: The House Without a Key by Earl Derr biggers

Date: Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Time: 6 PM

Place: Schafer Room @ HPL

Join us as we discuss our One Book, One Community selection! 


The House Without a Key was published in 1925 and is the first novel to feature the Charlie Chan character. Author Earl Derr Biggers would go on to write six novels featuring the fictional ChineseAmerican police detective. The plot of the mystery involves a young man from Boston traveling to San Francisco and then on to Hawaii to “retrieve” his aunt. She is refusing to come home to Boston following a visit to Hawaii. The hero, John Quincy Winterslip, learns that his relative Dan Winterslip has been murdered. And the plot thickens!

Biggers brings Honolulu to life with deft descriptions of the landscape and of its hybrid ethnic communities. With the creation of Chan, Biggers also shatters stereotypes and is ahead of his time in highlighting the positive aspects of Chinese-Hawaiian culture, just as his skillful rendering of San Francisco is noteworthy of its modernity and keen sense of place. Copies of the book in regular format and eBook 


One Book/One Community is an annual community initiative that encourages everyone to celebrate reading through conversations and events related to one book. Be part of One Book/One Community 2018 this March as we read and discuss the first Charlie Chan mystery novel, The House Without a Key, by Warren, Ohio, native Earl Derr Biggers. Public discussions about the book will be held at libraries throughout Trumbull County, and a unique series of films, guest speakers, and activities are planned throughout Marc


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