The Seattle Public Library invites readers to the 2017 Arts Gumbo Book Chats, an annual community book group. This year, the group will read and discuss books about South Asian and Indian immigrant experiences from 6 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. Thursdays, Oct. 19 and Nov. 16 at the Columbia Branch, 4721 Rainier Ave. S., 206-386-1908.

Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Copies of each of the featured monthly books are available for pick up at the Columbia Branch.

Times, dates and book titles for discussion are listed below.

6 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19 - "The Reluctant Fundamentalist" by Mohsin Hamid

6 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16 - "Interpreter of Maladies" by Jhumpa Lahiri

Each fall, Arts Gumbo presents the sights, sounds and flavors of world cultures during October and November. Local and regional performers from diverse cultures are featured, as well as cultural dinners and audience participation events. Arts Gumbo provides audiences with the opportunity to celebrate local cultures through music, dance, visual arts, food, books and discussions. For more information, visit

The Arts Gumbo Book Chats are presented in partnership with SeedArts.