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VALE NEWS: Book club delves into sci-fi with ‘Canticle’

Books on the Vale Book Club's reading list can be checked out at the Vale Library. (The Enterprise/file)

Walter M. Miller’s acclaimed science fiction classic “A Canticle for Leibowitz” will be the topic at the Vale book club meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 7.

Steve Reynolds will facilitate the discussion in the meeting, at the home of Carol Spears, Vale.

The tale opens with the accidental excavation of a holy artifact: a creased memo, scrawled by the hand of Saint Leibowitz, that reads: “Pound pastrami, can kraut, six bagels—bring home for Emma.”

To the Brothers of Saint Leibowitz, this sacred shopping list penned by an obscure, 20th-Century engineer, is a symbol of hope from the distant past, from before the “Simplification,” a fiery atomic holocaust that plunged the . . .