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Library to host book club discussion

Published: Monday, May 27, 2013 12:56 p.m. CST

PRINCETON — The Princeton Public Library will host a one-night book club discussion of the stories of “The Arabian Nights” (or “The Thousand and One Nights”) at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in conjunction with its Muslim Journeys Bookshelf.

Requirements for the “Princeton Public Library Reads ... The Arabian Nights” are simple: Only one story required. Participants should read at least one story from any edition of “The Arabian Nights” and come prepared to share the tale and discuss it. Readers should note that, depending on the edition, one story may stretch over several nights in the organization of the book.

The program will also include a 30-minute video on “The Arabian Nights,” which is a compilation of stories collected over centuries, said to have been told by a vizier’s daughter, Scheherzade, over a course of 1,001 nights in order to save her life.

The Muhsin Mahdi edition of “The Arabian Nights” that is in the Muslim Journey’s Bookshelf collection is based on a 14th or 15th century Syrian manuscript and contains stories that may not be familiar to English readers, and it leaves out many stories that are familiar.

For more information, call the library at 815-875-1331 or visit www.theprincetonlibrary.com.

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