Playing through and received this quest. Got a book with the hungry face, after the characters in my group all chatted, it hangs at the end of Gale's comment "I've my fair share of experience with dangerous books. I'll take that off your hands - into more prepared ones."
This happens after I reload.
I've loaded the game on a different computer (laptop) and the same thing happens there after Gale speaks.
Enjoying the game much!