Join in Book Review and Discussion

bel canto coverOnce again, PC Reads brings together book groups and readers for a discussion of a novel as part of the LifeLong Learning Sunday Series on Sunday, Feb. 25, from 2-3:30 p.m.

Please note: Although the event is free, registration is required. Registration for this Sunday Series will open on January 25.

Bel Canto by Ann Patchett is based on a hostage event that took place in Peru in 1996-1997, when Marist rebels stormed a cocktail party at the Japanese embassy, seizing more than 400 guests and held 72 of them hostage for four months. The book was published in 2001, and five years later it became an opera.

Bel Canto is set somewhere in South America.  Roxanne Coss, opera's most revered soprano, has mesmerized the international guests at a cocktail party with her singing. It is a perfect evening – until a band of gun-wielding terrorists takes the entire party hostage. But what begins as a panicked, life-threatening scenario slowly evolves into something quite different, a moment of great beauty, as terrorists and hostages forge unexpected bonds and people from different continents become compatriots, intimate friends and lovers. Friendship, compassion and the chance for great love lead characters to forget the real danger that has been set in motion and that cannot be stopped.

joshua borthsA finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the winner of the Orange Prize and PEN/Faulkner Award, Bel Canto received rave reviews from book critics.

The afternoon’s discussion will be led by Joshua Borths, director of education at Arizona Opera. Originally from Cincinnati, OH, Borths has worked for many opera companies such as Wolf Trap Opera, Michigan Opera Theatre, Opera Memphis, and the Crested Butte Music Festival and has directed many full productions and educational programs.

He holds undergraduate degrees in music from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree from Florida State University and will be the stage director for Barber of Seville, by Rossini, the opera that the LLL trip will attend on Sunday, March 11.

If your book group would like to reserve a table, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the name of the group and the members who plan to attend.

Registration opens Jan. 25.

Register online to attend.