Jack London is best known for books about boys and their dogs, but as L.H. Bluford Branch librarian Bernie Norcott-Mahany explains, London was also the first dystopian novelist of the 20th century. His book The Iron Heel  is a complex and enriching story of a not-so-glorious future.
The annual Adult Winter Reading Program  runs from January 10 – March 13, 2011, at all Kansas City Public Library locations. The 2011 program offers a chance to win a Nook e-reader as well as the opportunity to see Winter Reading featured author Jasper Fforde  in person on March 17 at the Plaza Branch, where he will discuss his new book, One of Our Thursdays Is Missing .
The theme for Winter Reading, Altered States, features masterful writers from a wide spectrum of genres to provide unique perspectives on what our lives might look like if humanity took a different turn – or takes a dive in the future. Find out how you can participate in the program , which includes book discussions and film screenings – in addition to a lot of great reading.