Banquet of Books

Please join host Joanie Leonard for Banquet of Books this Sunday, November 12th, at 5pm Eastern in the Book Nook room of The Book Nook room can be accessed here:
This informal discussion of whatever book you're reading or have recently finished is most enjoyable and a great way to get new reading ideas. With a microphone, you can contribute your opinions and everyone is welcome.
See you at 5pm Eastern in the Book Nook room.
Alan Lemly

Date: Sunday, November 12, 2017
Time: 5pm Eastern

Tek Talk presents Dr Marion Hersh, Senior Lecturer (Biomedical Engineering), University of Glasgow, School of Engineering and Oliver Ozioko a PH.D candidate

Dr. Marion Hersh is the instructor for Oliver Ozioko, a PH.D candidate who, with two other women, created a “text-to-Braille” device that will scan and instantly turn the printed material into Braille. This will allow students or employees and many others to receive handouts or other printed material and have it available for their purpose allowing them to read or have access to printed materials at the same time as their sighted peers.
Dr. Marion Hersh’s bio follows demonstrating her involvement with the blind, deafblind and persons with autism:
Dr Marion Hersh is an associate professor at the University of Glasgow in Scotland.  Their first degree was in mathematics and Their doctorate in control engineering.  They have been working in the area of assistive technology for about the last 15 years.  They carried out a research project on mobility for blind people with support of a Leverhulme Research Fellowship.  This included interviews with 300 blind, partially sighted and deafblind people in 10 different countries, investigation of different travel technologies and visits to their developers and interviews with orientation and mobility trainers.  Last year during a visit to Brazil Marion participated in the evaluation of an electronic cane developed specifically for Brazil and the evaluation of different designs of audio traffic lights.
Marion is a main co-author and co-editor of two books on assistive technology published by Springer Verlag.  They organized a series of conferences on assistive technology for people with vision and hearing impairments in different countries in Europe, featuring bursaries and training for young and disabled researchers.  They are organizing a conference next year in Brazil on Accessible infrastructures for the mobility and education of blind people. 
Marion is also leading the Alternative research project A society fit for autistics: overcoming the barriers, challenging stereotypes and enabling autistics to take their place in the world.  All the partners, including Marion, are autistic, and it is investigating barriers and looking for solutions from an autistic perspective.  Marion has been organizing workshops in Poland on autism and communication for teachers and parents of autistic children together with a close Polish blind friend, Hania.  With Hania's help, a set of pins and a wooden box, they have learnt the Braille alphabet (including additional Polish letters), but need to find time for more practice in order to learn to read fluently.  
Co-Chair: Ken Metz
Co-Chair: Alan Lemly

Date: Monday, November 20, 2017
Time: 4:00 p.m. Pacific, 5:00 p.m. Mountain, 6:00 p.m. Central, 7:00 p.m. Eastern and elsewhere in the world Tuesday 00:00 GMT

Worlds of Books Pandora's clock DB41988 by John J. Nance

Worlds of Books which meets the third Tuesday of each month at 9pm Eastern, 8pm Central will meet Tuesday November 21st in the Book Nook Room of to discuss Pandora's clock DB41988 by John J. Nance.

Here is the NLS annotation:
Pandora's clock DB41988
Nance, John J. Reading time: 13 hours, 22 minutes.

Read by David Hartley-Margolin.

Suspense Fiction



After American 747 flight 66 leaves Germany, a passenger has a heart attack. Pilot James Holland is shocked when London refuses to let him make an emergency landing. The passenger was exposed to a mysterious virus and no country (not even the United States) wants to handle a possible epidemic. Doctor Sanders of the CIA is Holland's only real ally, but Sanders must convince the pilot of that in time to save him. Strong language and violence. Bestseller.

Here is the Bookshare synopsis:
Carrying a passenger infected with a deadly supervirus, a 747's pilot searches desperately for a place to land in this suspenseful tour de force from New York Times-bestselling author John J. Nance On a snowy road in a German forest, Prof. Ernest Helms sees a man trying to break into his car. After a scuffle, Helms escapes with his vehicle, unharmed except for a cut on his hand. Hours later, he collapses aboard a flight from Frankfurt to New York. Capt. James Holland radios London to plan an emergency landing to save Helms. And then the nightmare begins. Heathrow denies Holland permission to land because Helms has been stricken with an ultracontagious pathogen that threatens the entire planet. When Germany also refuses to let him land, Holland and his passengers are prisoners of the sky, caught between a deadly disease and a world that would rather shoot down their plane than risk contamination by guiding it to safety.
Book Details
Book Quality:
Publisher Quality
Open Road Media Mystery & Thriller
Date of Addition:
Copyrighted By:
John J. Nance
Adult content:
Literature and Fiction
Mystery and Thrillers

Submitted By:
Bookshare Staff
Usage Restrictions:
This is a copyrighted book.
Mickey Prahin and I will be moderating and please join us for this discussion. All are welcome. 
Mickey Prahin (
Alan Lemly (

Date: Tuesday November 21, 2017
Time: 9pm Eastern, 8pm Central

The fantasy book club

The fantasy book club will be held on the fourth Tuesday of this month, Tuesday, November 21, 2017, At 9 PM Eastern. All are welcome. We will continue the format of having everybody read a book, and discuss their book choice. Our meeting will be held over the phone. The main number is, 712, 832, 8330. The access code is, 342–2731. Julia Kulak, group facilitator. Email,

Date: Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Time: 9 PM Eastern.
Phone: 712, 832, 8330. access code 342–2731

Mystery Book Discussion Group Y Is For Yesterday by by Sue Grafton

The next meeting of the Mystery Book Discussion Group will be held on the   fourth Sunday of November, Sunday November 26, 2017.  Come join us!  All are welcome.
We will be discussing
Y Is For Yesterday by Sue Grafton. 
You can find it on BARD by looking for DB 88696.  You can find it on Bookshare at:
Ann Parsons, Group Facilitator


Skype: Putertutor

Date: Sunday November 26, 2017
Time: 2:00 p.m. Pacific, 3:00 p.m. Mountain, 4:00 p.m. Central, 5:00 p.m. Eastern, and elsewhere in the world Sunday 22:00 GMT.

Fiction, Old and New will be discussing Across Two Novembers: A Year in the Life of a Blind Bibliophile by David Faucheux

Fiction, Old and New will be discussing Across Two Novembers: A Year in the Life of a Blind Bibliophile by David Faucheux

**Note – this book is not on BARD.  It is on Bookshare & available for Kindle.  Ordinarily we would not choose a book not on BARD.  Ordinarily we would not choose a non-fiction book.  This is special because the author is someone many of us know from various book groups.
David’s book is written in diary entry format & covers a year in his life.  As an added bonus, there’s lots of trivia thrown in too.  You will feel like you’re having a long conversation with David, hearing about his friends & neighbors, his background & his hobbies.  There’s also lots to identify with as fellow blind people, navigation issues & problems with para-transit among other fun things.  I hope you can come join us to discuss the book & talk with the author.

Sherry Wells
Michelle Bernstein

Date: Friday, December 1, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM Pacific, 7:00 PM Mountain, 8:00 PM Central, 9:00 PM Eastern, and elsewhere in the world Saturday 01:00 GMT.

A Journey Through History The master puppeteer DB10374 and Postmark Bayou Chene: a novel DB84304 with guest host David Faucheux

NEWSWIRE: A Journey through History to meet on Tuesday December 5, 2017
David Faucheux, author of ‘Across two Novembers: a year in the life of a blind bibliophile’ will co-host our December discussion. He has a keen interest in Historical Fiction and will lead the discussion on the two books he selected listed below.

Whether the puppet theater in 18th century Japan or life in the Louisiana bayous, persons who are blind are major characters. We can compare and contrast how they are portrayed in these very different milieus or with literature in general. 
Incidentally, I found the ‘Master Puppeteer quite readable for adults contrary to the NLS designation.
The master puppeteer DB10374 or DB55935
Paterson, Katherine. Reading time: 5 hours, 30 minutes.

Read by Gordon Gould.

Historical Fiction

The violent world of the streets and the patterned world of the puppet theater in eighteenth-century Japan frame a lively story involving a young apprentice and a mysterious Robin Hood-like thief. For grades 6-9.

Postmark Bayou Chene: a novel DB84304
Roland, Gwen. Reading time: 8 hours, 5 minutes.

Read by Mare Trevathan.


Atchafalaya Basin, Louisiana, 1907. A letter addressed to Hautes-Pyrénées, France, marked undeliverable, arrives at the Bayou Chene post office. That same day locals find a dog, nearly dead, tethered to an empty skiff. The lives of the postmaster's blind daughter and her two friends will soon change dramatically. 2015

Date: Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Time:6:00 p.m. Pacific, 7:00 p.m. Mountain, 8:00 p.m. Central, 9:00 pm. Eastern and elsewhere in the world Tuesday 00:00 GMT

Tek Talk will be presenting Part Two of its annual Stocking Stuffers Program

We will be presenting our last four vendors for this year over a three-hour program to get you ready for the Christmas Holiday season shopping spree, completing our eight vendors for this year. They will include:
AT Guys: 4:05-4:45 PM
APH: 4:50-5:30 PM
Speak To Me Catalog: 5:35-6:25 PM,
LS&S: 6:30-7:05 PM.
We will be taking five minute health/stretch/food breaks, time permitting, between each vendor.
We are certain that by the end of this program you will have had an opportunity to pick up most or all of your holiday gift-giving presents with these great vendors. Some vendors will also be offering special discounts during this program.
We look forward to having you in the chat room with us and having a great time.
Co-Chair: Ken Metz
Co-Chair: Alan Lemly

Date: Monday, November 13, 2017
Time: 4:00 p.m. Pacific, 5:00 p.m. Mountain, 6:00 p.m. Central, 7:00 p.m. Eastern and elsewhere in the world Tuesday 00:00 GMT