Everybody knows a great book from the past, whether it’s Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice or Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick. But what are the great books of the present? That’s the question the English Department’s Books and Coffee series has explored since 1951. Every Thursday in February, a faculty member discusses a recent book that’s made some waves, something you may have heard of but haven’t gotten around to reading. This is your opportunity to hear expert commentary on a new book that is a vital part of contemporary print culture. Talks are in STEW 302/306 at 4:30 pm, but stop by as early as 4 pm for free coffee and pastries, as well as a chance to socialize with other book lovers. The talks last no more than 25 minutes. Afterward, there’s a raffle with a chance to win some fun prizes. And if you like, there’s an opportunity to meet the presenter and share your ideas about the book.