Join us at Speer Memorial Library in Mission on Tuesday, October 2, 2018, for a discussion of All the Light We Cannot See, to take place in the library’s Community Room at 5:30 p.m. in Spanish, and at 6:30 p.m. in English. Everyone is welcome to attend and discuss the book.

Marie-Laure LeBlanc, blind since the age of six, lives in Paris in the 1930s with her widowed father, a locksmith at the National Museum of Natural History. She learns to find her way around town by touching and memorizing a wooden model of the neighborhood that her father constructed for her.

Meanwhile, in Germany, an orphan boy, Werner Pfennig, grows up in a coal mining town. One day, he finds and repairs a broken radio and develops an interest in electronics.

When World War II brings the Nazi occupation of Paris in 1940, Marie-Laure and her father flee to Saint-Malo, on northern coast of France, where her great uncle Etienne lives. From Saint-Malo, Marie-Laure and Etienne, an amateur radio operator, broadcast intelligence to the French Resistance during the war.

In Germany, the Nazi government makes use of Werner’s electronics talents, training him at a military school and then sending him to the armed forces, where he works at tracing illegal radio broadcasts to their sources. When the Allies invade France in 1944, Werner’s unit is sent to Saint-Malo.

Written by Anthony Doerr, and first published in 2014, All the Light We Cannot See is a moving novel of human kindness, the bonds of unlikely friendships, and survival in the devastation of war.

We will have some copies of the book available for check out to those who sign up for the book discussion, or you can stop by our library’s Reference Desk, or call at 580-8754, and we will try to obtain a copy for you via Interlibrary Loan. This title is also available as an eBook at

For more information, or to sign up for the book discussion, please call William Renner or Rose Alvarez at 580-8754 or 580-8750. You can also register at the Reference Desk, or by email at


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