Literary Luncheon meets Tuesday, Nov. 20 from 11:30-12:30, bring your brown-bag lunch. The Nov. meeting will feature Alice Hoffman's The Red Garden, which was a 2012 Mass. Book Award nominee. A self-proclaimed love letter to Massachusetts, The Red Garden is a compilation of linked short stories revolving around the town of Blackwell. Each story introduces a character we come to know intimately. Each glimpse into their lives is brief but whole and endearing. For Dec. 18 read The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka. It is the story of a group of young women brought from Japan to San Francisco as "picture brides" nearly a century ago. The novel traces their stories from their arduous journey by boat, their arrival, tremulous first nights as wives, raising children, to the arrival of war.