The Lion's Paw Book Club is an open discussion group named for Wisconsin author Hamlin Garland's short story Under the Lion's Paw. The club began in January 1998 as a collaborative effort serving UW-River Falls faculty, staff, students, and community members who enjoy reflective reading and discussing contemporary issues.
Monthly meetings are held during the regular semesters from 3 - 4 p.m. on the 2nd Wednesday of the month in the library's second floor breezeway. Session leaders serve as conversation guides for books that have inspired them. Anyone is welcome to attend and need not have read the books to sit in. Featured books are always on sale in the Falcon Shop in the University Center. Several copies of each book are made available in the library’s collection as well.
2012-13 Season Selections
Sept. 12, 2012: It Was Greek to Me. Discussion leader: Pat Hanson, Department of Speech, Communication and Theatre Arts - Emeritus and author of It Was Greek to Me.
Oct. 10, 2012: Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall. Discussion leader: Yvonne Wilken Journey House Campus Ministry.
Nov. 14, 2012: Home by Toni Morrison. Discussion leader: Margarita Hendrickson, UWRF Professor Emeritus of Spanish Literature.
Dec. 12, 2012: Duffy: The Tale of a Terrier. Discussion leader: Gary Porter, author of Duffy, retired professor of accounting and local community member.
Feb. 13, 2013: Binocular Vision: New and Selected Stories by Edith Pearlman. Discussion leader: Rhonda Petree, UWRF ESL Instructor/Instructional Program Manager.
March 13, 2013: The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls. Discussion leader: Molly Van Wagner, UWRF Grants & Research.
April 10, 2013: Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks Discussion leader: Marilyn Schuchman, community member.
May 8, 2013: The Legacy of Luna : the Story of a Tree, a Woman, and the Struggle to Save the Redwoods by Julia Butterfly Hill. Discussion leader: Tracy O'Connell, UWRF Marketing Communications.