Bee Book Club welcomes "Constitution Cafe" author tonight

10/18/2012 12:00 AM

10/17/2012 1:16 PM

Tonight's special edition of the Sacramento Bee Book club offers readers the rare opportunity to discuss the U.S. Constitution and the notion of a new constitutional convention – and do so with a constitutional scholar.

The Bee Book Club has partnered with the Sacramento Public Library's One Book Sacramento program to present Christopher Phillips and his "Constitution Cafe."

To research and write the book, Phillips "set off on a rollicking cross-country junket to engage Americans of all classes to rewrite the Constitution. Those 'framers' weigh in with wild and worthwhile ideas about how our nation should be governed" (W.W. Norton, $15.95, 336 pages).

Phillips is a senior fellow in the critical writing program at the University of Pennsylvania. Tonight, he will discuss his goal to "generate a new constitutional convention to help Americans better understand and challenge our most fundamental freedoms."

The author will highlight the library's eighth annual One Book Sacramento program at 6:30 tonight in the Tsakopoulos Library Galleria, 828 I St., adjoining downtown's Central Library.

One Book Sacramento, continuing through October, asks the community to read "Constitution Cafe," as well as a second title – the annotated "Penguin Guide to the United States Constitution" by University of Pennsylvania history professor Richard Beeman (Penguin, $12, 224 pages). Families are then encouraged to participate in Constitution-related events online and at library branches, schools and other venues.

The free "One Book Sacramento Program Guide" to all activities and events is available at all 28 library locations. For a complete schedule and more information: www.saclibrary.org.

Barnes & Noble booksellers will be on site tonight to sell both titles for 30 percent off the list prices.

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