The first Book Review Luncheon for 2012-13 will be held Friday.
The guest reviewer will be Eva Archer, a well-known area artist and retired art teacher from Williamsport Area High School. She was a member of the steering committee that started the popular Ways Garden Arts and Crafts show held each June in the garden along West Fourth Street.
The book for review was written by David McCullough and is titled "The Greater Journey." It discusses the stories of well-known Americans who went to Paris to study from the 1830s until 1900. At the time, Paris was the best-known center to study medicine, political science, art, education and world cultures.
Among those going to Paris to broaden their horizons were Mark Twain, Samuel Morse and Elizabeth Blackwell, the first female doctor in the United States. The book was published in May 2011. McCullough has won numerous awards for his works.
An avid reader who has always been interested in history, Archer also is a former president of the Friends Board and one of the committee members who started the monthly Book Review Luncheons.
Book Review Luncheons are open to the public and are free of charge unless participants choose to order the light lunch that is available. The lunches can be reserved by calling the library Information Desk at 326-0536 no later than 3 p.m. the Wednesday before the luncheon. Bag lunch or takeouts are welcome.
The luncheon starts at noon with the program beginning at 12:30 p.m. Those interested may attend the talk without lunch. These events are held in the Lowry Theatre on the third floor of the Welch Family Wing.
The next book review luncheon will be Nov. 2 and will feature Dr. Pamela Gaber, who will review a biography by Milton Steinberg.